By Aimee Shaw

Air New Zealand has announced it will fly direct to the capital of the Philippines, Manila, starting from December.

The latest expansion to its Pacific Rim network will see the year round service operate three times a week using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft, with a flight time of 10 and a half hours each way.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon said the airline expects the service to be popular at both ends of the route.