Air NZ to fly to the Philip­pines

Travel Digest - - AIR LINES / AGENT CHAT -

Air New Zealand will ex­pand its Pa­cific Rim net­work with the launch of di­rect flights to Manila in the Philip­pines from De­cem­ber. The new year round ser­vice will op­er­ate three times a week us­ing Boe­ing 767-300 air­craft with a flight time of around 10 and a half hours in each di­rec­tion. Air New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Christo­pher Luxon says the air­line ex­pects the ser­vice 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 res­i­dent in New Zealand. The num­ber of visi­tors from the Philip­pines is also con­tin­u­ing to grow rapidly, up more than 20 per cent in the past year alone. This will be the only non-stop ser­vice be­tween New Zealand and the Philip­pines.”

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