There was a welcome banner at Auckland Airport to celebrate the arrival on 23 December of Tianjin Airlines’ first service from Tianjin via Chongqing. The carrier will operate the route year-round three times weekly using its A330-200s.
- Tianjin Airlines has become the fourth Chinese carrier to serve Auckland (AKL) in New Zealand with the launch of three times weekly flights from Tianjin (TSN) via Chongqing (CKG). The inaugural flight departed Tianjin on 21 December arriving in Chongqing later that evening. Early the following day the flight departed Chongqing arriving in Auckland at 04:30 on 23 December. The route will be flown using the carrier’s A330-200s and faces no competition. Tianjin Airlines becomes Auckland’s 29th international airline. Scott Tasker, Auckland Airport’s Acting General Manager – Aeronautical Commercial, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Tianjin Airlines to Auckland Airport and New Zealand, and excited that they’ve chosen Auckland for their first Australasian service. Regional China is a rapidly developing market for New Zealand tourism and the new flights we’re welcoming today will provide more choice for Chinese visitors to experience New Zealand, and for New Zealanders travelling to China. Tianjin Airlines is arriving in Auckland at an exciting time. A major upgrade of our international departure area is well underway, as is the expansion of Pier B of the international terminal, which will add two more gates that can each accommodate an A380 or two smaller aircraft. We are also progressing the concept design of the new domestic section of our combined domestic and international terminal.” The Chongqing to Auckland route is now Tianjin Airlines’s longest non-stop service beating the 8,536-kilometre route from Chongqing to London Gatwick.