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Ardern to Fly to UN in New York on First Direct Air New Zealand Flight

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Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will take the national carrier’s first direct flight later this month from Auckland to New York, where she will attend the UN General Assembly.

Air New Zealand will launch the flight on Sept. 17. In March, it said the 17.5-hour service, among the world’s longest direct routes, was part of an effort to rebuild the nation’s tourism industry after it was decimated by the pandemic.