Start the Korean barbeque! Air New Zealand is expanding its Pacific Rim network by returning to South Korea with non-stop flights between Auckland & Seoul.

Taking off on 23 November 2019, Air New Zealand will return to South Korea’s capital, which it first serviced during the mid-1990s.

New flights will see the carrier fly between Auckland and Seoul three times weekly during off-peak and up to five times weekly during the busier holiday period from late December to mid-February.

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The carrier’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will operate on the route, giving flyers up to 12 hours to enjoy true Kiwi service in Business Premier, Premium Economy or Economy Class.

Cam Wallace, Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer, said returning to Seoul opens up “exciting new opportunities” for travellers, and estimates that the flight will be popular among the 40,000 Korean diaspora living in New Zealand.


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“Inbound leisure travel from South Korea to New Zealand has grown significantly in recent years presenting an important tourism growth opportunity for the airline and for the New Zealand tourism economy,” he said.

“We also want to encourage more Kiwi travellers to explore Seoul and South Korea.”

Cam Wallace, Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer

Tickets for the new service will go on sale soon, subject to regulatory approvals and landing slot confirmation.


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