Singapore Airlines announcement significant boost for South Island economy

Today's announcement that Singapore Airlines will operate additional flights to Christchurch this summer is being welcomed by Christchurch Airport.

The airline is increasing its daily service to between 9 and 10 flights a week between 2 December 2015 and 15 February 2016.

Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns says the supplementary flights reflect an extra 7,290 seats into Christchurch.

"That will bring an additional $15 million in visitor spending. Given 75% of the international visitors that arrive via Christchurch also visit other areas this will have a positive impact on our regional economies," he says.

"This is also excellent news for our exporters, enabling them to transport an extra 378 tonnes of high value/time sensitive air freight to fast growing Asian markets. It is also excellent news for South Islanders wanting to travel to Asia or Europe."

Malcolm Johns has no doubt the services will be popular.

"Singapore Airlines has one of the most extensive networks in the world meaning it will be easy for visitors from not only Asia but key markets in Europe to get to Christchurch.  The South Island is also growing in popularity with Asian visitors and these extra flights reflect
confidence in that.

"Singapore Airlines remains one of the world's iconic airlines and we are delighted to see our relationship continue to go from strength to strength."       

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