14 May 2016

Hong Kong flights to 'boost tourism, trade'

6:40 pm on 14 May 2016

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is welcoming a Hong Kong Airlines announcement it will begin daily flights to and from New Zealand.

Hong Kong city skyline

Hong Kong will be more accessible to New Zealanders, and vice versa. Photo: 123rf

Simon Bridges says the announcement boosts the flourishing tourism and trade between New Zealand, Hong Kong and mainland China.

Nearly 40,000 Hong Kong residents visited New Zealand in the past 12 months, and over 17,000 New Zealanders chose Hong Kong as their main travel destination.

Mr Bridges said the announcement was the 19th new air route confirmed over the last year, showing the government's liberal air services policy made it easier for New Zealanders to travel and trade.

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