By Will Lee
Auckland Airport Sees More Flights from North America
Auckland, New Zealand’s Airport continues to receive more flights and services from North America after the pandemic. American Airlines — in partnership with Qantas — will return to New Zealand after two years of suspension. The Dallas/Ft. Worth-based airline will operate a daily seasonal service between Dallas and Auckland, New Zealand, starting on Oct. 29 until Mar. 25.
“We are thrilled to relaunch service to New Zealand in October, connecting Auckland with our Dallas/Fort Worth hub and offering our customers an unmatched network in the U.S. and beyond.” Jose Freig, American Airlines Vice President for International Operations, said.
The original plan of flights between Dallas and Auckland, New Zealand was expected to be launched in October 2020, but the pandemic resulted in the postponement. The airline will operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route. Before the pandemic, American Airlines operated the seasonal services between Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand.
“We’re really pleased to once again have American Airlines touching down at Auckland Airport,” Scott Tasker, Auckland Airport’s General Manager of Aeronautical Commercial, said.
Tusker believed every single Boeing 787 Dreamliner touching down daily on average contributes 157 million New Zealand Dollars ($103 million) in tourist spending and carries 500 million New Zealand Dollars worth of freight over a 12-month period.
According to the airport, five carriers will provide operations between Auckland, New Zealand and eight destinations in North America during the summer of 2022 and 2023, including Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, New York, Honolulu and Vancouver, Canada.
Increased Connectivity Between New Zealand and The U.S.
Auckland, New Zealand Airport expects the U.S. to become the second-largest tourism market this year, instead of China. This circumstance will last until 2026. North America has been identified as a priority market by Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand before the pandemic. Earlier, the flag carrier of the country has announced that flight operations to Honolulu, Houston and New York would be launched.
After the pandemic, Kiwis welcomed American travelers with open arms. Auckland Airport has partnered with Tataki Auckland Unlimited and Destination Queenstown to introduce New Zealand to the U.S. The trio has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a compelling proposition for North American customers.
In the meantime, Auckland Airport hasn’t stopped enhancing its facilities after the pandemic, following the reopening of its border, the airport has announced its new chapter of infrastructure investment, a World-class Transport Hub project and a 300 million New Zealand Dollar plus construction will start in June. In addition, the airport will spend 185 million New Zealand Dollars for its combined domestic and international terminal. Also, the airport introduced its smart baggage system.
After the transportation hub project is completed, the airport will create a seamless travel and transit experience for travelers.