Is Air New Zealand’s Next Destination Vietnam?

Is Air New Zealand’s Next Destination Vietnam?Air New Zealand might possibly announce a new destination and that could be Vietnam. The airline is looking at some new South East Asian routes and the carrier will is expected to make a "significant announcement" during briefing in Auckland.

During the weekend the airline said it was in at the concluding stages of evaluation for its plans.

Air New Zealand does not serve Vietnam by direct flights, but the route is gaining popularity among the travelers from the country. The number of people from New Zealand travelling Vietnam increased to 15,000 last year  from12,400 in 2013.

Certain amendments made with Air New Zealand, in an air services agreement signed this year at an earlier time, permitted enhancing the services.

Simon Bridges, the transport minister said the change in protocol indicates enhanced opportunities of code-sharing, that's a case when the same flight is shared by two or more airlines.

The other probable route which the airline is considering is Philippines. If a service is launched, it will be via Cairns.

Sean Berenson, general manager of product at Flight Centre said that Asia is a strong area of possible growth for New Zealand travel adding, "South East Asia in particular has long been popular with Kiwis and there would certainly be the demand to expand on the offering in this space.