Christchurch Airport has just re-opened

Christchurch Airport has just re-opened. 

This decision follows full systematic assessment of runways, navigation systems and buildings, after this afternoon's earthquake and aftershocks. Chief Executive Jim Boult says there has been no damage to the airport's runways, which are now open for landings and departures. 

Mr Boult says the terminal is open and he expects flight operations to re-commence about 6pm. "We expect there will be significant delays and some flight cancellations. It's likely to be well into tomorrow before the backlog is cleared," he says. "People should check with their airlines before going to the airport." Mr Boult says the airport was safely evacuated after the first earthquake and the people in the terminal are safe and well, being cared for by airport staff. 

ENDS For further comment, callYvonne DensemManager CommunicationsChristchurch International Airport Ph +64 21 450 202