The decision by Air New Zealand to fly larger jets between
Rotorua and Queenstown, via Christchurch, next summer is being
welcomed by Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) as a positive
move for New Zealand tourism.
CIAL General Manager of Aeronautical Business Development
Matthew Findlay says the airline's additional capacity offered by
six jet services a week over the 2012-13 summer will enhance the
flow of tourists into the South Island.
"We have been getting feedback for a long time from travel
wholesalers and tourism operators in Japan, China, Malaysia and
Singapore that their travellers want to see the South Island, "says
"The travellers are very clear on what they want to see in
New Zealand and we know they come here expecting to see the
southern mountains and lakes. Offering more capacity on
flights from the geothermal wonders of Rotorua to the stunning
South Island scenery will be very attractive to those Asian
Mr Findlay says meeting those travellers' expectations will not
just benefit the South Island.
"Statistics show visitors consistently spend more time and money
in the South Island, so we need to help move those visitors
efficiently and in greater numbers between the two islands to
realise and maximise the value of tourism to the whole country," he
"It is important for airlines, airports and tourism operators to
work together to deliver the best experience to visitors - and this
is a good example of doing just that.
Mr Findlay says Christchurch Airport is already considering ways
to enhance its programme of activity in off-shore markets to
support this increase in capacity and further grow the visitor
economy for the benefit of the entire South Island.