Air New Zealand (ANZ) launched nonstop service between George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Auckland Airport on Dec. 15, 2015. Houston is the first U.S. destination in 11 years for the national carrier of New Zealand and joins only four other North American destinations offering nonstop service from the airline.
Air New Zealand, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, operates the route with a refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft five times per week.
“Houston’s dynamic economy and diverse population continue to attract new air service to the nation’s fourth largest city,” said Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz. “Air New Zealand recognizes the opportunity for long-term growth and success in Houston, and we look forward to establishing a strong and mutually beneficial partnership.”
Air New Zealand Vice President of the Americas Chris Myers said the airline looks forward to welcoming more visitors to New Zealand from southern and midwest states and major east coast cities.
“We are thrilled to open service to Houston and share our Kiwi spirit and award-winning service with The Lone Star State and beyond,” Myers said. “This expands our reach into a thriving part of the country and also acts as a great feed to the East Coast, meaning a gateway to New Zealand is now less than three hours away from numerous U.S. cities. We’re also excited about the prospect of bringing New Zealanders to Texas and other southern and eastern states via Houston.”
Air New Zealand’s Star Alliance partner United Airlines will code share into Houston from numerous North American cities. For more information or to book a flight, visit www.airnewzealand.com.