Air New Zealand today welcomed the arrival of AirAsia X services between Kuala Lumpur and Christchurch.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer Norm Thompson says Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Christchurch International Airport Ltd deserve to be congratulated for securing the arrival of one of the world’s fastest growing budget carriers to New Zealand.
“This is a really positive development for not only Christchurch but for the wider New Zealand economy. The South East Asian market will certainly benefit from increased competition and we are sure this service will stimulate a new wave of budget conscious travellers from not only this corner of Asia to our shores but also from the other international ports AirAsia X’s services connect with in Kuala Lumpur,” Mr Thompson says.
“This is a great example of the creation of a new complementary market to those already served by Air New Zealand and other existing carriers and it has the potential to stimulate new tourism opportunities for New Zealand.”