Facts & Figures

As the gateway for Christchurch and the South Island, Christchurch International Airport Ltd (CIAL) is a major hub and the busiest and most strategic air connection to the world's trade and tourism markets. The airport occupies a unique position both physically and economically, and is New Zealand's second largest airport.

Passenger Numbers        

  • 5,485,023 passengers travelled in and out of Christchurch International Airport from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012.  
  • Total passenger movements decreased by approximately 107,506 over the same period ending 31 December 2012, a result reflective of the current environment

Financial Reporting

  • The company recorded $19.0 Million Adjusted Operating Surplus After Tax for the year ended 30 June 2011. The operating surplus after tax, excluding the deferred tax adjustment and including a revaluation of investment property.  View CIAL's Annual Reports here

The Community

The below shows how CIAL supported Christchurch, Canterbury and South Island economy in 2007.

  • Approx. 6,000 people were employed on the airport campus in full time, part time or casual roles, making it the largest single center of employment in the South Island.
  • The airport has also created employment for more than 20,000 full time equivalent workers (FTEs) in the Canterbury region and 4.4% of total FTEs for the whole South Island.
  • Antarctic operations delivered $80 million in direct benefits to the city annually.
  • The airport helps to retain technicians and associated professionals within the region and New Zealand.

It is also important to note:

  • For the year ending March 2012 total tourism expenditure was NZ$23.4 billion, increasing 2.4% from the previous year.
  • Tourism directly generated NZ$6.2 billion to gross domestic product (3.3% of New Zealand's total GDP)
  • The tourism industry directly employed 119,800 full time equivalent employees (6.2% of total employment in New Zealand).

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Tourism Satellite Account, year ending March 2012 

The Environment

In January 2008, CIAL became the first carbon neutral airport company in the Southern Hemisphere.  CIAL have many environmental initiatives, take a look at our Environment section for more information.

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