Air New Zealand is again operating its popular charter program from Japan to New Zealand this summer as it continues to stimulate passenger growth from the important tourism market.
Between 25 January and 14 March Air New Zealand will operate a weekly charter service into Auckland from Nagoya, Fukuoka or Kagoshima using 230-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Air New Zealand GM Japan Ed Overy says the seven charters are selling well, indicating a continued appetite from Japanese tourists for a taste of a New Zealand summer.
“For obvious reasons the Japanese market has been in decline since March this year. Together with Tourism New Zealand, we have been working hard to return the market to growth,” says Overy.
“This summer’s charter flights are less than the dozen we ran last summer but more than we had the year before that, and reflect the renewed optimism we are seeing in the outbound market from Japan following the recent reintroduction of direct services into Christchurch last month and also the resumption of regular Boeing 777-200 services.”