China Airlines increases summer flights

China Airlines will add an extra 15,000 seats on its Taipei to Auckland route during the peak New Zealand summer period.

From December to March 2015 the airline will increase flights on its Taipei to Auckland, via Brisbane, from three times weekly to four times per week.

The Taiwan airline will also boost its service for the summer from the 300-seat Airbus A330-300 to a Boeing 747-400 with 380 seats.

China Airlines began flying to New Zealand in January 2011.

In November 2012, the airline also launched four flights per week on the Taipei to Auckland route via Sydney.

The summer schedule increase will take the total weekly flights between Taipei and Auckland to eight.

Auckland Airport spokeswoman Charles Spillane said the increased seat capacity reflected strong demand China Airlines had experienced for New Zealand inbound traffic.

Statistics New Zealand figures show 21,552 Taiwan visitors arrived in New Zealand in the year to June 30, up 3.9 per cent on the previous year.

China Airlines New Zealand general manager Joseph Wu said the Australasian market was one of the most important markets for China Airlines.