Air New Zealand has postponed the launch of its new Manila service until further notice, due to unforeseen regulatory delays.

 

The new service, which will mark the airline’s entry into the Philippines, was announced in April this year as an extension to the carrier’s Asia network.

The three-times weekly flights were originally scheduled to take off in December, with sales expected to commence mid-year. However, the airline says it has had to defer the launch until further notice due to administrative delays.

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“Administrative delays in being able to make the new route available for sale, coupled with the traditionally longer booking window for this market have led to the deferral decision.”

Air New Zealand spokesperson

In April, the airline’s Chief Executive, Christopher Luxon, said he expected strong demand for the Auckland-Manila service, particularly from the growing Filipino market in New Zealand.

“We’re anticipating that demand for this service will be steady in both directions.”

Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand Chief Executive

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