Christchurch Airport welcomes return of Garuda

Christchurch Airport chief executive Jim Boult is welcoming announcement of a Memorandum Of Understanding between Garuda Indonesia Airline and Auckland Airport.

"This is a win for New Zealand," says Mr Boult. "We're always keen to see airlines bring visitors to New Zealand and are especially pleased to see Garuda return.

"We look forward to working with Auckland Airport and various stakeholders in the vast Asian market to bring Indonesian visitors into the South Island. We know tourists want to see our famous southern mountains and lakes, so we will do all we can to encourage and grow the Indonesian market."

Mr Boult says there has been strong growth in arrivals from Indonesia to Christchurch almost every month for the past 24 months as new capacity from Asian markets became available.   

"Growth in visitor numbers from Indonesia has averaged 107% during this time," he says.  "We are the co-partner to the Halal Dining Guide of New Zealand, so these developments support our belief of the growth potential from these fast growing markets, where NZ can offer a unique experience for discerning travellers."

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