International airlines flying to New Zealand
|The following international airlines fly to New Zealand:
Duty Free Shopping
Due to the NZD$ exchange rate, New Zealand has some of the cheapest duty free shopping in the world. Save 20% the next time you travel through any New Zealand international airport at Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Rotorua or Wellington. New Zealand has some of the best duty free allowances in the world. Adults can import 3 x 1125ml bottles of spirits or liqueurs, as well as 6 x 750ml bottles of wine or port, plus 200 cigarettes without paying any extra duty or tax (some conditions apply).
Pre-ordering means your goods are waiting for you, at the duty free collection point, avoiding the hassle of carrying goods on the plane or queuing in the store. Pre-Order duty free through the Duty Free Stores New Zealand website and collect your purchase at any international airport in New Zealand on departure or on arrival.
Air New Zealand Worldwide Winner
The latest Which? UK airlines satisfaction survey has named Air New Zealand its winner in the long haul category, followed by Singapore Airlines and Emirates.
Air New Zealand scored an 86% satisfaction rating, narrowly ahead of Singapore Airlines (85%), and Emirates (83%).
Next best were Thai Airways International (76%), Cathay Pacific (75%), Qantas (69%) and Virgin Atlantic (67%).
British Airways, with a score of 58%, finished in 11th place, equal with KLM and ahead of American Airlines. Bottom of the satisfaction table was South African Airways (37%) followed by United Airlines (45%).
Airlines were judged for value for money, checked in baggage allowance, cleanliness (aircraft interior and toilets), legroom, food and beverages and inflight entertainment.
Some observations of the results: Air Canada was judged poor value for money; THAI scored badly for its inflight entertainment and US airlines Delta, Continental, American and United were all poorly rated for leg room.
In the battle of the no-frills giants, Easyjet did significantly better than Ryanair. The Irish airline only narrowly missed out on last place “thanks to a truly abysmal showing from Thomas Cook Airlines”, said Which?
In the short haul category, Swiss finished ahead of Aer Lingus and Air Malta. Rochelle Turner, head of research for Which? Holiday, said: ‘Flying with a good-quality airline, such as Swiss or Air New Zealand, can really make a difference to your holiday. “No one wants their trip abroad to start in a cramped or dirty plane.
“Our rigorous research shows that while the cost of flights is important to customers, it’s things like friendly cabin staff and reasonable luggage allowances that leave a lasting impression.
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