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China Southern to fly daily from Auckland

Travel Bite staff
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
China Southern Airlines
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Kiwis will now be able to fly daily to China on a new service with Asia's largest airline.

China Southern Airlines will commence daily direct flights between Auckland and Guangzhou — China's third largest city.

The new service will generate an additional 90,000 seats per year and allow more trading opportunities between the countries. New Zealand businesses will benefit from the deal, in particular, as more than a third of exports to China are destined for the Guangdong province.

China is New Zealand’s second largest trading partner.

Glenn Wedlock, Auckland Airport's General Manager Aeronautical Commercial, says increasing air connections to high-growth markets like China is essential for New Zealand's economic success.

"There is a proven link between regular air services and economic growth, and it’s predicted that this increased direct service to Guangzhou will boost New Zealand’s economy by an estimated $100 million from in-bound tourism," he says.

The tourism benefits from the new daily service will help push China ahead of the United States as New Zealand’s third largest tourism market in the future.

The airline will fly their new A330-200 aircraft between Auckland and Guangzhou with the flight time approximately 11.5 hours.

User comments
This service won't generate any income for New Zealand businesses - this is cattle class service from China and participants are herded like cattle to buy Chinese made NZ Souvenirs, stay in Chinese owned accommodation providers, travel on Chinese owned transport providers and eat at Chinese owned restaurants - boost NZ's economy - Yeah Right !!
In airline parlance a direct flight is one that flies from one place to another using just one flight number. However the flight can be scheduled to stop at any number of ports along the way - as long as the flight number remains the same then it is still referred to by the airline concerned as a direct flight. This is misleading to the general public who, quite reasonably, take the term to mean non-stop. In reality the only non-stop service is one that is specifically referred to in advertising material as being so. So, is this new service a direct one or a non-stop one? Perhaps the author of the article can enlighten us.
Ma te kotahi o te whakaaro kua put tatou i te whei ao ki te ao marama. By the collective thoughts we unveil ourselves from the dark to the world of light. Congratulations for opening our doors to the world, CELEBRATE as I am sure this is the beginning of more to come. Paimarire. (gentle peace)
Will this be a direct flight? Or will it stop over on route and can you purchase these fares if it stops say Auckland - Syd ++

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