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Hong Kong Airlines adds Auckland

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/05/2016

Hong Kong Airlines. © Hong Kong Airlines. Hong Kong Airlines is introducing a direct daily service to Auckland.

The airline says it'll start running the route from November 10 using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

"There has been a steady increase year-on-year in the number of Hong Kong and China travellers visiting New Zealand," says Li Dianchun, the chief commercial officer of Hong Kong Airlines.

He cites a 19.1 per cent rise in the number of visitors from Hong Kong to New Zealand and a 27.8 per cent rise in visitors from China, and the airline has previously signalled an intention to expand long-haul routes.

"We believe this Hong Kong Airlines new service to Auckland will be welcomed by passengers from Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Okinawa, Tokyo, Bangkok and Taipei, offering them more travel options," he said.

International tourism spending is expected to surge in New Zealand in the next six years.

Foreign guests stumped up about $9 billion last year, but that is expected to rise by 65 per cent to $16 billion, according to a report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released last week.

Visitor arrivals are expected to grow to 4.5 million by 2022, up from the 3.1 million in 2015.

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