Air New Zealand flies direct to Beijing
23 Jul 2008
Travel between New Zealand and China is now easier with the launch of Air New Zealand’s non-stop service from Auckland to Beijing.
Following the success of its direct Shanghai service launched in November 2006 Air New Zealand believes the Beijing service will further strengthen tourism ties between China and New Zealand.
"It expands on our increasingly close relationship with China, providing us and the whole of the New Zealand tourism industry the chance to take a slice of the Chinese market," said Air New Zealand’s Group General Manager International Airline Ed Sims.
Direct flights between Beijing and Auckland will also help promote New Zealand as a single holiday destination rather than an ‘add on’ to Australia.
China is currently New Zealand’s fourth biggest tourism market and one of the fastest growing. In the year to May 2008 more than 125,400 Chinese visited New Zealand, up 10,000 from the previous year. For New Zealand travellers the direct flights will improve access to popular tourist attractions like the Great Wall and Forbidden City.
Air New Zealand will fly from Auckland to Beijing on Wednesdays and Fridays with the return Beijing to Auckland direct flights on Thursdays and Saturdays.
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