HA to fly to Auckland

HA to fly to Auckland
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Hawaiian Airlines will become the only US carrier to fly to New Zealand with the March 2013 launch of nonstop flights between Auckland and Honolulu.

The new service will add more than 40,000 seats annually and will cater to pent-up demand according to chief executive Mark Dunkerley.

Visitor numbers from New Zealand to Hawaii have fallen by around 30% since the last time a direct service was offered between the two destinations in 1999, he revealed.

“New Zealanders are avid travellers and we believe the introduction of new nonstop flights with our winning brand of service will be welcomed in meeting pent-up demand for a Hawaii vacation,” he said.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said the announcement was a significant step towards improving visitor arrivals from the US.

“The US is a vital market for New Zealand leisure and business travel, and is a key focus for our marketing efforts given the significant potential for growth that exists,” he said. “The ability to connect through Hawaii will provide a critical link for converting those considering travel into actual bookings.”

The news was also well-timed, following the release of the new Hobbit movie which Bowler expected would “whet Americans’ appetite for travel” to New Zealand.

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