Kia Ora Auckland

Air Canada has launched seasonal service between Vancouver and Auckland, New Zealand, with flights operating four times weekly until the end of March 2020.

Mark Galardo, vice-president, network planning at Air Canada, said: “We are excited to launch our newest South Pacific route to Auckland which offers additional opportunities for North Americans travelling to enjoy New Zealand’s summer season, and for New Zealanders travelling for a Canadian winter vacation. Our Auckland flights are timed to conveniently connect at our extensive Vancouver trans-Pacific hub to and from a multitude of non-stop destinations throughout North America including New York-Newark.”

Craig Richmond, president and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority, said: “We are very excited to welcome this new service from Air Canada which further connects Vancouver to Auckland using the amazing Dreamliner aircraft. This addition to Air Canada’s growing network at Vancouver International Airport will not only open up more business and travel opportunities in Canada and New Zealand, it will also facilitate valuable connecting traffic between the two airports. We appreciate Air Canada’s continued commitment to utilizing Vancouver as their trans-Pacific hub.”

Auckland Airport’s general manager of aeronautical commercial, Scott Tasker said: “We’re proud of the contribution this new service will make to growing travel and trade between the two countries. The seamless connections Air Canada provides through its hub in Vancouver will further promote a growing market. In 2018 alone, Canadians choosing to holiday in New Zealand grew by 6.7 percent to 70,000 visitors. Similarly, New Zealand visitor numbers grew by an impressive 12 percent with 34,000 people visiting Canada during the same period.”

And New Zealand’s chargée d’affaires, Amy Tisdall commented: “Canada is one of New Zealand’s closest international partners. The new Air Canada non-stop service between Vancouver and Auckland will contribute to strengthening our close connections, further increasing our people-to-people links and tourism links.”

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