Business Travel News New Zealand – January

Airline & Airport News.


Air New Zealand launches new Brisbane routes

Air New Zealand has launched its inaugural Brisbane-Queenstown and Brisbane-Wellington flights from Brisbane Airport. The services, operating on an A320, will run up to four times a week from Queenstown and five times a week from Wellington, increasing annual capacity to Brisbane by 40%. The carrier has expanded its international capacity lately and expects to ramp up its Australian operation next year with a boost to the Gold Coast come February 2019.


Air New Zealand reduces Auckland-San Francisco frequency

Air New Zealand will scale back the frequency of its Auckland to San Francisco flights from seven to five times weekly from 31 March 2019. The airline’s JV partner United Airlines plans to operate three times weekly year-round service instead to pick up the capacity.



Direct connection for Invercargill-Auckland

Travellers to Invercargill will have a direct connection from Auckland Airport with Air New Zealand set to trial a five times weekly service in the second half of 2019. Bookings will open from January 2019 when the commencement date is also expected to be announced. It will be New Zealand’s longest domestic route averaging around two hours.


Special offer: Join KORU for free during January!

Until 31 January 2019, Air New Zealand is waiving its $255 joining fee for its Premium Lounge and member benefits programme, Koru Club. You will only need to pay the annual membership rate to enjoy the benefits of a Koru membership including:

• Access to Air New Zealand Lounges and Partner Lounges
• Access to complimentary frequent flyer seating
• Priority check-in, priority boarding and priority checked baggage
To register, click the link here and enter the promo code: JOINKORUAU. More information about Koru membership can be found here.


Hotel News.

Accor wins at luxury hotel awards

AccorHotels has taken home several awards at the prestigious 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards in Bali last month. Queenstown’s Hotel St Moritz was presented with the best Luxury Adventure Destination award while the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth was recognised as a Luxury Historical Hotel. Properties in French Polynesia, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island were awarded Luxury Beach Resort and Luxury Honeymoon Hotel respectively.