Air Canada announces Vancouver to Auckland flight

A white plane with a maple leaf on the back.
An Air Canada plane. Photo credit: Supplied/Air Canada

Air Canada is jetting into New Zealand, with a new direct flight from Vancouver.

The seasonal service will run four times a week through the northern hemisphere's winter, from December 2019 until March 2020.

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has welcomed the new route, saying it deepens our ties with Canada.

"More and more Canadians are choosing to visit New Zealand to experience our culture, scenery and Kiwi hospitality," he said in a statement.

"Seventy-one thousand Canadians visited New Zealand in 2018, staying on average for 19 days and making an important contribution to the New Zealand economy.

"In addition to tourism links, Canada is one of New Zealand's closest international partners."

Air New Zealand currently has a close relationship with Air Canada, which is expected to become closer.

"Air Canada and Air New Zealand already have a close partnership, having been codeshare and Star Alliance partners for more than 20 years," Air Canada vice president of Alliances John MacLeod said.

"We look forward to deepening our relationship and optimizing our far-reaching trans-Pacific network cooperation, offering our customers a choice of more flights, connections and travel opportunities."