Emirates to fly to Christchurch

DUBAI - Emirates has announced that it will fly to Christchurch from June 10, marking its second footprint in New Zealand after Auckland, which joined the Emirates route network in August last year.

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Published: Sat 3 Apr 2004, 12:40 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:54 PM

The new connection to Christchurch will be an extension of the upcoming Dubai-Melbourne non-stop service, which Emirates will operate with the ultra long-haul A340-500 aircraft. Initially flying three times a week, the service will double to six times weekly on August 1. This means that Emirates will offer a total of 27 flights a week to New Zealand by August. The airline presently flies to Auckland daily via Sydney, daily via Singapore and Brisbane, and daily via Singapore and Melbourne.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group said: "Emirates is happy to offer yet another exciting destination to our passengers. Our Christchurch service will provide excellent connections for New Zealand passengers travelling to Australia, and onward to Europe, Africa or Middle Eastern cities via our Dubai hub. Similarly, it will bring our customers from other parts of the world another speedy and convenient route to New Zealand." Shaikh Ahmed noted that New Zealand is an increasingly popular destination for leisure travellers.

Christchurch offers a multitude of options for outdoor and sporting activities amidst a backdrop of scenic mountains, rivers, lakes, and beaches.

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