China Airlines expansion of services
As part of its expansion into the Australia and New Zealand markets, the Taiwan based China Airlines (CI) is proud to introduce her renowned service to Sydney – Christchurch v.v. routes from 27 October 2015 to meet demand in the Southern Hemisphere’s holiday season. Three flights a week will be scheduled on a seasonal basis to provide passengers with a convenient way to fly to Christchurch. The new service will help boost passenger and freight flows between Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
From 27 October 2015 through to 27 March 2016, China Airlines will add Taipei – Sydney – Christchurch services on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday each week. The route will be served by A330-300 aircraft with a capacity of 307 passengers including 30 business class and 277 economy class seats. When the seven weekly flights that continue on to Auckland from Sydney or Brisbane each week are included, China Airlines flights to New Zealand will reach 10 services a week.
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and is widely lauded to be the “most English city outside of England”. The city boasts many historical attractions such as Victoria Square, Mona Vale Gardens, the Avon River and Hagley Park. Travellers can reach the South Island directly on a China Airlines flight and avoid having to wait for a transfer flight in Auckland.
China Airlines views the business and tourism travel market of Christchurch very positively and is now the first East Asian airline to fly between Sydney and Christchurch. When the service is in operation during the Southern Hemisphere summer, it is expected to add 40,500 to passenger volumes for flights to and from Christchurch. Cargo services are also available to satisfy the strong local demand for freight, enabling fresh produce to flow swiftly between New Zealand, Australia and Asia.
In addition to the Auckland and Christchurch routes in New Zealand, China Airlines also offers direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Taipei with up to 10 return services each week. The increased seasonal service not only offers travellers to Taiwan, New Zealand more flight flexibility but will also enable Japan, Korea and Europe outbound passengers to transfer through Taipei, further enhancing Taipei (TPE) Airport’s function as a transfer hub.