Air New Zealand flies to the Philippines

Air New Zealand will remain to broaden its Asian network later this year with the launch of air travels to the Philippines.

Starting in December 2016, the airline will run 3 weekly air travels direct in between Auckland and Manila, using a 230-seat, two-class Boeing 767 aircraft. The flight time will be roughly 10 and a half hours in each direction.

Christopher Luxon, CEO of Air New Zealand, stated he expects the new air travels to be popular at both ends of the route.

The Filipino population in New Zealand has more than tripled since 2001 and is now the third largest Asian ethnic group, with around 40,000 Filipinos homeowner in New Zealand. The number of visitors from the Philippines is likewise remaining to proliferate, up more than 20 % in the previous year alone so we’re preparing for that need for this service will be stable in both directions, Luxon specified.

As the only non-stop service in between New Zealand and the Philippines, our flight will be quicker and more convenient for tourists than the fastest existing choice which flies indirect, potentially saving as much as two and a half hours each method.

The Manila service will continue the growth of Air New Zealand’s Asian network; air travels to Ho Chi Minh City are scheduled to commence in June 2016, with a new seasonal service to Osaka following in November.

Philippine Airlines currently flies in between Auckland and Manila, however its service consists of a drop in Cairns.