New Zealand travellers will soon be flown direct into one of the world’s largest aviation hubs – with the introduction of new non-stop flights between Auckland, New Zealand and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
From October 2020, American Airlines will launch daily flights during the popular northern winter travel period between Auckland Airport and its hub at Dallas-Fort Worth airport. The fourth busiest airport in the world, where American Airlines operates more than 900 flights a day.
"This announcement is great news for New Zealanders. It’s going to mean greater choice for travellers, providing a direct service into the heartland of the U.S. and seamless connecting flights across American Airline’s network via Dallas-Fort Worth to 257 destinations, including 66 international and 191 U.S. cities," says Scott Tasker, Auckland Airport’s general manager of aeronautical commercial.
"What makes the U.S. market so unique for us is that we’re experiencing strong passenger growth in both directions, with outbound travel to the U.S. having grown faster than other destinations around the globe, with a 9.6 per cent growth rate over the last five years. Meanwhile visitors to New Zealand from the U.S. have grown by 8.7 per cent over the last year.
"This new route will provide a further boost to this important inbound visitor market by offering a seamless journey for premium leisure and business travellers from American Airlines’ extensive network to New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific via Auckland. Not to mention the expected economic benefit, with this new service expected to generate around $121 million for New Zealand each season," says Scott.
Building on its popular daily flight between Auckland and Los Angeles (LAX), the new service will increase American Airlines’ flights to 14 per week at Auckland Airport in summer peak season October to March 2020. This will take the total number of direct flights between Auckland and the United States and Canada to 57 per week, serving seven destinations.