New statistics show a 15 per cent increase in international
passenger numbers at Christchurch Airport over the past month.
International passenger numbers into Christchurch grew at twice
last month's national growth of 7.6 per cent, including growth
across all the key regions of Australia, Asia, North America and
The airport's Chief Commercial Officer Aeronautical says the
data from Statistics New Zealand reveals excellent growth into
Christchurch during the important peak season.
Justin Watson says the South Island's most important market,
Australia, saw numbers grow almost 10 per cent in February. Mr
Watson says that was driven in part by the successful South Island
road trip campaign, jointly run with all the regions of the South
Island, which encouraged Australians to come and journey around the
"Buoyed by Chinese New Year and the charter flights by China
Southern Airlines, Chinese visitors became our second largest
source of international visitor arrivals, with 6841 representing a
169 % increase over the same period last year," he says.
"When we consider the number of Taiwanese visitors, we saw a
five-fold increase (484%), thanks to the new seasonal service China
Airlines operated here out of Taipei.
"All in all, an extra 95,000 international passengers came
through Christchurch Airport in the past twelve months, which is
great news for Christchurch, Canterbury and the whole South Island.
We're pleased to welcome such strong growth in international
visitor arrivals to the South Island."