Hong Kong Airlines, with its main hub at Hong Kong International Airport, will commence daily services to Auckland, New Zealand in November.

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From 10 November 2016, the airline will launch daily direct flights between Hong Kong and Auckland. The flight (HX021) will leave Hong Kong at 1520 and arrive in Auckland at 0730 the next morning. The return flight (HX022) will leave Auckland at 0930 and land back in Hong Kong at 1555.

Hong Kong Airlines will use Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the new route. The aircraft will have 283 seats across two classes. 24 business class seats will be offered to travellers.

“With the success of our service to Australia earlier this year, Hong Kong Airlines is more than delighted to announce this second long-haul service, operating daily to Auckland,” said Li Dianchun, the airline’s chief commercial officer.

“There has been a steady increase year-on-year in the number of Hong Kong and China travellers visiting New Zealand. According to official figures by New Zealand government, as of March 2016 the total number of visitors from Hong Kong and China has recorded a rise in 19.1% and 27.8% respectively.

“Leveraging on our connectivity in Asia via the international hub Hong Kong, we believe this Hong Kong Airlines new service to Auckland will be welcomed by passengers from Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Okinawa, Tokyo, Bangkok and Taipei, offering them more travel options,” he added.

After Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines will become the third airline to operate flights on the Hong Kong-Auckland route. The carrier had recently launched flights to Cairns and the Gold Coast in the Oceania region.