Hawaiian Airlines is expanding its New Zealand service with up to five non-stop flights weekly between Auckland and Honolulu starting in March, when the carrier’s increasingly popular route celebrates five years.
The greater year-round frequency comes in response to strong demand for the airline’s authentic Hawaiian in-flight hospitality experienced by more than 260,000 passengers since thrice-weekly service was launched in 2013.
“Our growth in New Zealand underpins our decision to offer Kiwis unmatched value on their Hawai‘i vacation,” said Russell Williss, Hawaiian Airlines country director for New Zealand. “As a destination carrier, we are uniquely positioned to showcase our island home with our authentic and warm hospitality from the moment we welcome guests on board.”
Under Hawaiian’s expanded schedule starting March 21, flights will depart Auckland at 11:55 p.m. five times weekly, Wednesday through Sunday, arriving in Honolulu at 9:45 a.m. on the same day and offering guests ample time to settle into their accommodations, explore O‘ahu, or take a connecting flight to a Neighbor Island or one of Hawaiian’s 11 gateway cities in North America. Flights from Honolulu to Auckland will depart at 2:05 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, arriving at 10 p.m. the following day.
The airline also provides travelers the option of taking a dual-destination vacation with a free stopover in Hawai‘i before connecting to North America or on the return to New Zealand. In 2016, more than 15,000 Hawaiian Airlines’ guests arriving in Honolulu from Auckland continued on to one of the carrier’s 11 gateway U.S. cities or to an island other than O‘ahu.
“Our enhanced schedule will offer even greater convenience and flexibility for Kiwi travelers flying to Honolulu and U.S. Mainland cities, as well as more options for inbound travelers visiting New Zealand,” Williss added.