Welcome to New Zealand! On 31 December Hainan Airlines added New Zealand to its growing portfolio of country markets served non-stop. The three times weekly service between Shenzhen and Auckland means that the New Zealand city is now served by five Chinese carriers.
- Hainan Airlines has become the fifth Chinese carrier to serve Auckland (AKL) in New Zealand with the launch on 31 December of a three times weekly A330-200 operated non-stop service from Shenzhen (SZX). The 9,197-kilometre route is not served by any other carrier. Hainan Airlines now serves 22 international country markets with non-stop flights from China, with the US (35 weekly flights) leading the way, followed by Thailand (26), Vietnam (18) and Taiwan (17). Auckland now has 41 weekly flights spread across five destinations in China flown by six different airlines; Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, and not forgetting Air New Zealand. In addition Hainan Airlines also launched two other new routes recently. On 26 December the carrier launched a five times weekly service on the 1,337-kilometre route between Guangzhou (CAN) and Nha Trang (CXR) in Vietnam, while on 30 December it began twice-weekly flights on the 896-kilometre route between Sanya (SYX) and Phnom Penh (KNH) in Cambodia. See how Auckland Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.