China Southern will increase flights between Guangzhou and Auckland from seven to ten weekly during the 2013/2014 peak summer season using its newly-delivered 787 for the three additional flights. The flights will be New Zealand’s first 787 scheduled service.
Auckland Airport has focused heavily on growing connections between New Zealand and China. During the 2013 Chinese New Year Auckland Airport saw a record high volume of Chinese passengers, with the new services expected to increase that further. The airport recorded a 30 per cent increase in arrivals – or almost 50,000 more visitors – from China for the year ending May 2013.
The additional flights will see an extra 18,000 seats on the Guangzhou to Auckland route between Dec 4 2013 and Feb 28 2014.