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.