American Airlines is hoping to launch its delayed route between Los Angeles and Christchurch at the start of 2022.

The carrier announced plans for the only nonstop service between the two cities in 2019, and the route had been scheduled to launch in October 2020.

This was postponed due to Covid-19, but a post on the official Twitter feed for Christchurch airport said that AA is “preparing for direct flights between Christchurch and LAX from January if international borders are open”.

The airport also confirmed that tickets for the route are available to purchase at

Commenting at the time of the route being announced, Vasu Raja, American’s senior vice president of network strategy, said:

“The South Island sums up everything that our customers are looking for in New Zealand – adventure, culture and wildlife found nowhere else.

“We want to make their lifelong dreams a reality and bring New Zealand’s beauty even closer as the gateway to the South Island where you can drive, hike, cruise and fly to a variety of classic New Zealand experiences.”

“Now, we’re able to get customers from places like Louisville, Savannah or Monterrey, Mexico, all the way to New Zealand with just one stop.”