The partnership between Christchurch Airport and China Southern
Airlines is going
from strength to strength and helping boost tourism and trade for
the South Island.
The Chinese airline will increase its direct service from
Guangzhou to Christchurch over the upcoming summer season, going
daily from December 2, 2017 to February 26, 2018.
The extra flights will be on top of the previous announcement of
five per week from October 10.
That means almost 12,000 extra international seats into and out
of Christchurch over the peak summer season.
China Southern Airlines has just celebrated the 100,000
passenger milestone on the Christchurch-Guangzhou route, reached
within 18 months of the service beginning in December 2015.
Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer, Justin Watson, says
the airport and the airline are proud of both developments.
"The Dreamliner service is proving very popular and we look
forward to continuing its growth to bring more visitors to the
South Island, as well as connect South Island travellers to the
rest of the world," he says.
"We know visitors arriving here are coming from Europe through
China, and South Islanders are taking up the opportunity to
fly from here to Europe with only one stop.
"Statistics show that on average as many as 25 per cent of the
passengers on the China
Southern service are from outside China, and are primarily New
Zealanders, Europeans and Britons travelling the globe on Asia's
Christchurch Airport continues to lead the country in growth of
Chinese visitor arrivals,
being up 13% for the year ending June compared to the total
arrivals into New Zealand which was flat for the same period.