Air New Zealand has inaugurated flights between Auckland and Seoul.
Air New Zealand acting chief executive officer Jeff McDowall, who travelled on the inaugural service, said the operational launch of the airline’s Auckland-Seoul service will be an important link for connecting the 40,000 Koreans living in New Zealand back home, as well as a making it easier for Korean visitors wanting to explore Aotearoa.
He said: “Inbound leisure travel from South Korea to New Zealand has grown significantly in recent years and we expect the numbers of visitors from the South Korean market to grow further, presenting a significant tourism growth opportunity for the New Zealand economy.
“With a population of more than 10 million, Seoul is a dynamic mix of outdoor adventure, contemporary urban life, historically rich temples and a lively nightlife – we’re certain Kiwis will be keen to check out this new Asian destination.”
With a flight time of 12 hours northbound and just over 11 hours southbound, Air New Zealand’s direct Auckland-Seoul service, operated by its Boeing 787-9 aircraft, will depart Auckland on Monday, Thursday and Saturday as follows:
|Flight number||Departs||Arrives||Frequency||Aircraft type|
|NZ75||Auckland 1125||Seoul 1920||Monday||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner|
|NZ75||Auckland 1105||Seoul 1900||Wednesday (25 December – 19 February)||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner|
|NZ75||Auckland 1035||Seoul 1830||Thursday||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner|
|NZ73||Auckland 1155||Seoul 1950||Saturday||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner|
|NZ73||Auckland 1420||Seoul 2215||Sunday (29 December – 16 February)||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner|
|NZ76||Seoul 2155||Auckland 1305 + 1||Monday||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner|
|NZ76||Seoul 2215||Auckland 1325 + 1||Wednesday (25 December – 19 February)||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner|
|NZ76||Seoul 2210||Auckland 1320 + 1||Thursday and Saturday||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner|
|NZ74||Seoul 2355||Auckland 1505 + 1||Sunday (29 December – 16 February)||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner|