The number of Canadians travelling to the U.S. is up 5%, dodging the Trump Slump and keeping tour operators here upbeat about their sales volumes to U.S. destinations.
TORONTO — It’s been a busy few months for Air New Zealand in the Canadian market. Prior to the news that the Kiwi airline expanded its Canadian trade sales team with three new members, it announced back in August that it will be expanding its Vancouver-Auckland service by nearly 20% from January-July 2018.
According to regional general manager Americas Liz Fraser, the extra capacity is a direct result of increased demand for the south Pacific region, and the importance of Vancouver in the Air New Zealand network
During the first half of the January peak period, the airline will increase services from seven to eight flights per week. The route will grow by an extra 15,600 seats by increasing daily services beyond peak months of December and January into the shoulder season of February. It will increase to five services a week in March and April (up from four), and four weekly services during May to mid-June (up from three).
To help agents sell the destination, Air New Zealand has been featured as part of Travelweek’s latest video series that highlights the expanded routes, why the airline is the best option for flying to the South Pacific, and how airlines from the small nation stays innovative: