China Airlines to Launch Summer Service Auckland-Melbourne

A China Airlines A350 taxis at Auckland Airport
Photo Credit: Auckland Airport

China Airlines, a leading Taiwanese carrier, is launching a new seasonal service starting in December.

This service will offer five flights a week between Auckland and Melbourne, providing a much-needed boost in travel options across the Tasman Sea.

This expansion benefits both passengers seeking a convenient and affordable travel option and cargo businesses looking for increased capacity.

About China Airlines

Established in 1954, China Airlines boasts a long history of connecting Taiwan to destinations worldwide.

A member of the SkyTeam alliance, China Airlines offers a robust network spanning Asia, Europe, and North America.

Their fleet consists of modern aircraft, including the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, known for their fuel efficiency and passenger comfort features like lie-flat seats and advanced in-flight entertainment systems.

Passengers can choose from Economy, Premium Economy, and Business Class, each offering varying levels of comfort and amenities.

A China Airlines Airbus A350 on the tarmac.
ltdccba, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

About Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport (AKL) is New Zealand’s largest and busiest international gateway. As a major hub for airlines like Air New Zealand, Emirates, and Qantas, it connects New Zealand to various destinations across the globe.

The airport boasts a range of modern facilities and amenities, including duty-free shopping, a variety of restaurants and cafes, and comfortable lounges for passengers.

Increased Capacity Meets High Demand

Auckland Airport Chief Customer Officer, Scott Tasker, highlights the current lack of flight options between Auckland and Melbourne.

Seat capacity on this route is still significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels, leading to high demand and expensive fares.

Mr. Tasker emphasizes the popularity of Melbourne for New Zealanders, citing sporting events like the Boxing Day Test and the Australian Open.

Along with Melbourne’s vibrant cultural scene, the Victorian state capital boasts delicious food and restaurant options, and excellent shopping opportunities.

“Melbourne is our second-largest trans-Tasman market, with around 1,000 people flying this route daily,” says Mr. Tasker.

“The limited flights haven’t kept pace with demand, reflected in airfares exceeding pre-pandemic levels. China Airlines adding this new service is fantastic news.”

Aerial view of new Auckland Airport domestic terminal.
Image Credit: Auckland Airport

China Airlines already connects Auckland to Taipei via Brisbane five times a week, with plans to increase this to six times a week during summer.

This expanded service strengthens trade ties between New Zealand and Taiwan, with Taiwan being New Zealand’s fifth-largest air export market, particularly for fresh produce like cherries.

Mr. Tasker highlights the importance of this additional capacity for local growers to meet peak export demands during the summer months.

“Taiwan is our number one cherry export market,” says Mr. Tasker, “so this extra capacity during summer is perfect timing to deliver our produce in the best condition.”

The new service also caters to the sizeable Taiwanese population in Auckland. The new route will foster stronger VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) travel links.

This expanded connectivity will allow Taiwanese families and friends to connect more easily. It offers a boost to tourism and cultural exchange between the two countries.

A China Airlines A350 taking off.
Photo Credit: Ltdccba via Wikimedia Commons.


The launch of China Airlines’ new service between Auckland and Melbourne signifies a further positive step towards normalcy in the travel industry.

With increased capacity and competition, passengers can expect more affordable fares and a wider range of flight options.

This development also strengthens trade ties between New Zealand and key Asian markets like Taiwan.

As travel restrictions continue to ease and consumer confidence rises, we can expect to see a surge in travel demand across the Tasman Sea and beyond.

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