New Zealand Transport Minister: Sichuan Airlines service a testament to intl air transport policy

    New Zealand‘s Transport Minister Simon Bridges stated (13-Jun-2017) “New Zealand is in a strong position to attract airlines, with a liberal international air transport policy that allows most major airlines to operate services to New Zealand without restriction”, upon arrival of Sichuan Airlines‘ inaugural three times weekly Chengdu-Auckland service at Auckland Airport. Mr Bridges added that New Zealand attracted 404,384 inbound tourist arrivals from China for the year ending 31-Mar-2017, representing a 7% year-on-year rise, with China nationals spending approximately NZD1.45 billion (USD1.04 billion) during that period. The Minister noted that the addition of the new Sichuan Airlines service “raises the number of airlines now operating from China to New Zealand from five to six”, and praised it as “a testament to the success of our International Air Transport Policy, which provides additional opportunities for these airlines”.