The news that Air New Zealand is launching standby fares to and
from Christchurch has been warmly welcomed by Christchurch Airport.
"Air New Zealand has always been a great supporter of Christchurch
and this will be a great boost for travel to and from our city,"
said CEO of Christchurch International Airport Ltd (CIAL), Jim
"We are the key gateway to the South Island, and strong
passenger numbers in Christchurch always means a healthy tourism
industry for the South Island," he explained. "So we see these Air
New Zealand standby fares as real assistance in bringing visitors
back to the region."
Air New Zealand offered standby airfares in the weeks following
the severe earthquake in February 2011. "They were immensely
popular then, and people were very grateful for ability to travel
easily in and out of the city," said Jim Boult. "Of course,
now we want people to know that while the CBD is still out of
bounds, the rest of the city is open, the region has many wonderful
attractions, and the South Island is as amazing as ever."
Jim Boult wants to send a message of encouragement to anyone
wishing to visit the city, or to Christchurch residents who would
like a short holiday away from the city. "These fares make travel
possible for anyone, so make the decision, and take a trip soon! We
have a great new terminal, which is nearly complete and we offer a
free booking service for any accommodation, attractions or
transport at our Travel & Tourism centres."
The Air New Zealand standby airfares to and from Christchurch
will be launched this weekend. Further details can be found
on the Air New Zealand website.