Air New Zealand has launched flights between
Auckland and Invercargill, in the deep south of the country.
Air New Zealand will operate the route with
Airbus A320 aircraft fives times per week.
Flight NZ698 is scheduled to depart from
Invercargill on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 06:00 and arrive in Auckland at 07:55.
On Saturdays, the NZ698 Invercargill-Auckland service will depart
at 09:15 and arrived in Auckland at 11:10.
The return flight, NZ699, is timed to leave
Auckland on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
at 19:35 and arrive in Invercargill at 21:35.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive
Officer, Christopher Luxon, said, "It's terrific to get our new
direct service between Auckland and Invercargill up and running
... We know the Southland community has been
asking for a direct service for some time and we look forward to
locals getting behind it. The new service answers Southland's
growth aspirations, with Invercargill never having been closer to
New Zealand's largest city and international gateway. The service
will support Southland's tourism ambitions, as well as the ability
to transport an extra 500 tonnes of goods a year from Invercargill
to Auckland and beyond."
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