Air New Zealand announced that it will begin nonstop service to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) beginning in December 2015, making Houston the fifth North American gateway for the New Zealand’s national carrier.
“The City of Houston continues to enhance its status as a global gateway city, with nonstop flight service to almost 200 airports in the US and around the globe,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “The arrival of New Zealand’s national air carrier to George Bush Intercontinental Airport is a tremendous step forward in expanding Houston’s level of connectivity even further.”
Air New Zealand’s completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft will operate the route between Houston and Auckland, New Zealand up to five times per week. Tickets are expected to go on sale in May, with flights commencing mid-December. Travelers can book tickets on the carrier’s website at www.airnewzealand.com or by phone, toll-free, at 800-262-1234.
Air New Zealand’s Star Alliance partner United Airlines will code share into Houston from numerous North American cities. Set to commemorate 50 years of flying from North America later this year, Air New Zealand also offers nonstop service from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu.
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.”