Air NZ has announced it will increase the frequency of flights between Auckland and Japan in the lead up to next year's Rugby World Cup.
The airline will operate ten extra return services to Tokyo's Narita International Airport between September and November.
Air NZ currently flies Auckland-Tokyo on a daily basis, this will increase to nine services a week from July and then to ten from December.
Cam Wallace, Air NZ's chief revenue officer says the airline is expecting thousands of Kiwis to travel to Japan to not only watch the world cup, but explore Japan as a destination at the same time.
"We're already experiencing increased demand from Kiwi rugby fans wanting to get to Japan next year."
These services will bring an extra 6000 additional seats over a six week period and wil be on the airline's Boeing 777 aircraft.