Air NZ to fly to the Philippines
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.”