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        

  • 5,709,272 passengers travelled in and out of Christchurch International Airport from 31 July 2013 to 31 July 2014.  

  • Total passenger movements increased by 3.6% over the same period ending 31 July 2014.

Financial Reporting

  • For the year ended 30 June 2012 CIAL has achieved a net surplus after tax of $18.4m, being $3.2 million ahead of budget. This is considered a satisfactory result. Included in this amount was a net after tax gain on the revaluation of investment properties of $5.2m, and a deferred tax adjustment on non-depreciable buildings resulting in a $1m reduction in the recorded tax expense. 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

CIAL have many environmental initiatives, take a look at our Environment section for more information.

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