Lonely Planet Writer

EVA Air and Air NZ to increase flights on Houston - Taipei route

EVA Air is to fly more regularly on its Houston to Taipei route as it increases flights up to six days a week from this weekend instead of the four weekly journeys up to now.

EVA Air and Air New Zealand will increase flights into Houston this year
EVA Air and Air New Zealand will increase the number of flights into Houston this year Image by InSapphoWeTrust / CC BY 2.0

The carrier will also offer daily non-stop flights to the Taiwanese capital, Taipei from the autumn.

Air New Zealand is upping its flights into Houston later this year
Air New Zealand is upping its flights into Houston later this year Image by Aero Icarus / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Eva Air manager at the Houston office, Steven Chang, said there was great growth potential because of the Singapore oil and gas market.

He said that by expanding in Houston, EVA was planning for its long-term growth.

The airline is the first from Taiwan to provide nonstop service between the two countries.

Chron.com reports that Air New Zealand too is to up frequency on its Houston-Auckland route to a daily service in December to February next year. It will then revert to a five time weekly schedule into Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Both New Zealand and Australian have become areas of sales growth as it allows passengers access into South And Mid-West areas of the US.

Cam Wallace, Air New Zealand Chief Sales and Commercial Officer, said there was also “good growth” in the other direction with American travellers visiting Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile the decision by Air New Zealand to quit Virgin Australia has been described “a seismic event” both for the aviation industry, domestic and international travellers in and out of Australia.

The Courier Mail reports that it also shows the chances and the challenges facing corporate business across the landscape.