Continuing a streak of new international air service into the Bayou City, officials with the Houston Airport System and Air New Zealand on Wednesday announced new nonstop flights between Bush Intercontinental Airport and Auckland. Houston is the carrier's first new destination city in more than a decade.

Air New Zealand will begin the new service in December, serving Bush with up to five nonstop flights each week. The announcement marks the 11th new international carrier to serve Houston in the last two years. Other additions have included Turkish Airlines, Air China, Korea Air, Scandinavian Air and Viva Aerobus.

Officials with the airline cited increased business travel between Houston and New Zealand as well as a rising interest in New Zealand from travelers in the state of Texas as reasons for the new nonstops.

With the arrival of Air New Zealand, Houston is now one of only five cities around the world and the only one in the U.S. that offer direct flights to each major global region.

Tickets for the first flights, scheduled for mid-December, will go on sale in May.