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10 Longest Routes From Auckland International Airport

by Staff

Summary

  • Emirates deploys its A380 from Dubai to Auckland, the fourth longest route.
  • Air New Zealand has featured in the top ten multiple times, operating to Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York JFK.
  • Qantas and Air New Zealand battle for supremacy between Auckland and JFK, both with the 787-9 Dreamliner.



Tucked away in the depths of the South Pacific Ocean is New Zealand, a tourist hotspot that remains a bucket list destination for many. Due to the nation’s isolation, it is home to a bespoke collection of long-haul flights to and from its biggest city, Auckland. Auckland International Airport (AKL), located on the shores of the Manukau Harbour, is just 21 kilometers (13 miles) south of the city center and is the nation’s busiest airport.

Photo: Ryken Martin | Shutterstock

While the airport serves many short-haul destinations to Australia and other South Pacific nations, Simple Flying decided to dig into Cirium and analyze the ten longest routes from Auckland for February:



10 Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

Served daily by Air China, the connection between Auckland and Beijing covers 6,462 miles. The direct service resumed in May last year and has quickly increased from four weekly services to daily.

9 Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

By far the most frequented route from Auckland to Los Angeles, this route is currently served by Air New Zealand, American, Delta, and United Airlines. One hundred eight direct flights will be bound for the City of Angels this February, with a mix of aircraft: 787-9 (UA and AA), A350 (DL), and 77W (NZ). The route is 6,504 miles in distance.

N514DN Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-941

Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

8 San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Just up the California coast, San Francisco is next on the list. Served by both United and Air New Zealand, the 777 is king in connecting the two cities, and 58 flights for February will cover the 6,516-mile distance.


7 Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Air Canada and Air New Zealand cooperate on the direct route to the bright lights of Vancouver, nestled beneath the North Shore Mountains. Covering a distance of 7,043 miles, the two airlines deploy the same metal on the route, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This February, 44 flights will connect AKL to YVR.

An Air Canada Boeing 787-9 over Water

Photo: Air Canada


6 Houston Intercontinental International Airport (IAH)

Those destined for Houston have had 29 flights to pick from for February. Air New Zealand, the sole operator on the route covering 7,414 miles, has seen intrigued aviation enthusiasts keep a keen eye out for the leased ex-Cathay Pacific 777 that has operated up to 12 of these services.

5 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

American’s hub, Dallas, is connected to Auckland seasonally, and in February, you will see a flight every day. Covering 7,439 miles, one of America’s ‘big three’ airlines deploys its 787-9 Dreamliner on the route.

N840AN American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (1)-1

Photo: Vincenzo Pace I Simple Flying 

4 Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

The Windy City, Chicago, is another unique destination in Air New Zealand’s route map. It is famous for those connecting deep into the mid-west. Air New Zealand sent its 787-9 towards Chicago 12 times in February, covering 8,180 miles. You’d better get comfortable at a flight time of almost 15 hours northbound.


3 Dubai International Airport (DXB)

The Dubai-based behemoth, Emirates, deploys its flagship Airbus A380-800 to the City of Sails (Auckland) and provides easy connections into its worldwide network from Dubai International Airport. Popular connections are into Europe and South Africa, and you can board the double-decker daily from Auckland before taking a flight for the 8,810 treks to the UAE.

An Emirates A380 on final approach

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2 New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)

Qantas and Air New Zealand compete head-to-head on Air New Zealand’s flagship route for those looking for a slice of the Big Apple. Carrying flight number NZ1/2, the 8,813-mile voyage surpasses the direct link to Dubai and will see 16 direct flights with Qantas or 13 care of Air New Zealand, both operated by the 787-9.

1 Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH)

Another Middle Eastern heavyweight, Qatar Airways, rounds out the top ten. Its daily service onboard the Airbus A350-1000 is a springboard to various destinations from its home at Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH). It covers 9,011 miles and is one of the world’s longest flights.

Qatar Airways A350-1000

Photo: Robin Guess | Shutterstock

  • Air New Zealand Tile

    Air New Zealand

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    NZ/ANZ

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport, Wellington Airport

    Year Founded:
    1965

    Alliance:
    Star Alliance

    CEO:
    Greg Foran

    Country:
    New Zealand

    Region:
    Oceania

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    Qantas

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    QF/QFA

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Brisbane Airport, Melbourne Airport, Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

    Year Founded:
    1920

    Alliance:
    oneworld

    CEO:
    Vanessa Hudson

    Country:
    Australia

  • Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041A7-ANN

    Qatar Airways

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    QR/QTR

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Doha Hamad International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1993

    Alliance:
    oneworld

    CEO:
    Akbar Al Baker

    Country:
    Qatar

  • Emirates, Airbus A380, Penultimate

    Emirates

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    EK/UAE

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Dubai International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1985

    CEO:
    Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

    Country:
    United Arab Emirates

  • American Airlines Tile

    American Airlines

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    AA/AAL

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1926

    Alliance:
    oneworld

    CEO:
    Robert Isom

    Country:
    United States

    Airline Group:
    American Airlines Group

    Region:
    North America

    Loyalty Program:
    AAdvantage

  • Air Canada Tile

    Air Canada

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    AC/ACA

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Calgary International Airport, Montréal–Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1967

    Alliance:
    Star Alliance

    CEO:
    Michael Rousseau

    Country:
    Canada

    Region:
    North America

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