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
- 5,485,023 passengers travelled in and out of Christchurch
International Airport from 1 January 2012 to 31 December
- Total passenger movements decreased by
approximately 107,506 over the same period ending 31 December
2012, a result reflective of the current environment
- 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
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
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Tourism Satellite Account,
year ending March 2012
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.