Aviation

Better air travel deals for New Zealand in the offing

Indian travellers to New Zealand can expect better air deals with Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) tying up with Malaysia Airlines and Auckland International Airport to promote special airfares for Indians for between December 2014 and June 2015 from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kochi.

The aim is to increase traffic to New Zealand on the Auckland route from India. TNZ has put a target of 50,000 tourist arrivals to New Zealand by 2016, as per a release.

David Craig, General Manager Asia, Tourism New Zealand, said, “With promotional airfares available till December 2014, this campaign gives tourists another reason to travel to New Zealand this summer, ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which New Zealand is co-hosting with Australia. Malaysia is an important gateway for the market and the campaign gives us an opportunity to leverage our strategic partnership to drive growth in tourist arrival numbers from India.”

Commenting on the campaign, Azahar Hamid, Regional Senior Vice President – South Asia & Middle East, Malaysia Airlines, said, “We provide seamless connections from six Indian cities to Auckland via Kuala Lumpur. Through this campaign we continue to offer our best-in-class service to Indian cricket fans and globetrotters.”

Norris Carter, General Manager Aeronautical Commercial, Auckland Airport, said, “We’ve seen some great growth in Indian holiday arrivals recently, which shows the popularity of New Zealand as a holiday destination for Indian travellers. In the year ending September 2014, Indian holiday arrivals to New Zealand increased by 14 per cent when compared with the previous year.”

New Zealand recorded a growth of 17.4 per cent in Indian arrivals for the year ended September 2014, with 35,232 arrivals, of which 16,416 were holiday arrivals.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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