Airline & Airport News.
Fast track on UK arrivals for New Zealand travellers
In 2019 Australian and New Zealand e-passport holders will be able to use special lanes to fast track through immigration at Heathrow and other UK airports. Currently, these lanes are available only to citizens of the United Kingdom and some European countries.
Air New Zealand to deploy Dreamliner on Auckland-Hong Kong
From 30 November 2018 until 30 March 2019, the Boeing 787-9 will replace the current 777-200ER equipment between Air New Zealand’s Auckland and Hong Kong route. This is scheduled to provide greater capacity during the Northern winter 2018/19 season.
Air New Zealand launches direct Auckland-Taiwan link
Air New Zealand has launched the only Auckland to Taiwan Taoyuan service, operating three times weekly on a Boeing 787-900. The airline says the introduction is in response to the strong demand over the Chinese New Year Period.
Airpoints members redeem points at Mitre 10
Following a successful three-month trial, Air New Zealand Airpoints members can now redeem their loyalty points at Mitre 10 stores around Auckland. Shopping spending over $75 will be able to swipe their membership card and pay full or part of the total price with their points.
More flights from Hamilton
Air New Zealand has added four additional weekly services on its Hamilton-Christchurch route and two additional weekly services from Hamilton-Wellington. The frequencies will operate 68 seat ATR aircraft totalling an extra 408 seats per week from the city.
Christchurch Airport expands retail options
Christchurch Airport has signed a new eight-year concession agreement that will see it open four new retail offerings over the next year. The first stage will commence in November with the next stage to be completed by the end of 2019.
Wellington Airport opens new carpark
Wellington International Airport has opened its new nine storey car park for more than 1000 vehicles. The building also features a parking guidance system and nearby two-hour express parking zone for pick-ups and drop-offs.
Air New Zealand continues green push
Air New Zealand has committed to replacing five single-use plastic products including cups and plastic bags with lower impact alternatives over the next 12 months. The initiative is supported by New Zealand Government’s Ministry to the airline’s environmental footprint across its domestic network.
Nelson Airport reopens
Nelson Airport has reopened part of its new $30 million terminal this month. The new infrastructure is expected to accommodate for a growth in passenger numbers at New Zealand’s -fifth busiest airport until 2035. Temporary facilities continue to be in place while stage two is under construction.
Third QT Hotel for Auckland in 2020
Following the hugely successful openings of the QT Wellington and QT Queenstown, Event Hospitality will open its third hotel under the brand in 2020. The QT Auckland will be located in the developing Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter precincts with a focus on food and beverage innovation and enhancing the waterfront.
Pullman Auckland picks up industry awards
Residences By Pullman have won both New Zealand Leading Hotel Residence by World Travel Awards and Luxury Apartments of the Year Auckland, New Zealand by Luxury Travel Guide.
Sofitel Auckland relaunches premier suite
The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour has opened its prime Opera Suite in time for the peak summer period after a 500,000 renovation. It now features a more open layout, luxury furniture fittings and a private dining room overlooking the Auckland Marina. The suite is available at a rate of $3,500 per night twin share.
IHG goes plastic straw-free
Following in the footsteps of many other major companies, IHG has announced a plan to remove single-use plastic straws from all 5400 hotels in its global network by the end of 2019. The move towards sustainability will also see the hotel operator initiate soap recycling efforts and mage its waste more efficiently to minimise environmental impacts.