Christchurch Airport and Singapore Airlines have today agreed to
add 18 additional flights to Christchurch over the December 2014 -
February 2015 summer season.
This follows an extra 10 Singapore Airlines flights having been
added to this summer's schedule, all to cater for the strong demand
for travel to the South Island over the busy summer holidays.
Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult says this early commitment
from such a prestigious global airline is a vote of confidence in
Christchurch and the South Island's tourism offering for visitors
"The new services will add more than 9,760 additional seats in
the 2014/15 summer and are timed to bring additional guests here
for the Cricket World Cup and Chinese New Year celebrations," says
"Additional air services also create opportunities for South
Island business, on the back of the city's rebuild and upcoming new
facilities, so this announcement is undoubtedly a win for
Edwin Chiang, Singapore Airline's General Manager New Zealand,
says the extra services underline the 27-year relationship between
Singapore Airlines and Christchurch Airport.
"We've been committed to this market and the New Zealand tourism
industry for a long time and it's great to see the resurgence in
visitors post-earthquakes," says Mr Chiang. "The demand for summer
seats to Christchurch and the South Island is high, thanks to
renewed growth in the tourism industry. We're an active partner in
Christchurch's tourism industry and know the demand for seats here
is supporting the recovery of an iconic tourism destination."
Singapore Airlines already serves Christchurch with daily
services, which provide tourists direct access to the gateway to
the South Island. The increased services over the next two
summer seasons will give travellers to the South Island increased
flight options, as well as providing more cargo capacity and
frequency for exporters. The increase is testament to the
popularity of the route and the company's commitment to providing
greater flexibility, convenience and choice when traveling between
Christchurch and Singapore and beyond on Singapore Airlines global
network of 99 destinations in 36 countries.
Further details of the exact days of operations and timings
during the 2014/15 season will be revealed in the next few