It was a significant sign of progress when 137 concrete trucks
were on site for one day, even though it won't be the largest
concrete pour for the hotel development.
Novotel Christchurch Airport is well and truly underway behind
the big hoardings you see at the end of the international arrivals
area, with about 24 workers on site every day, working steadily
towards opening the completed hotel in December 2017.
We're investing around $80 million in land and improvements to
build a 200 room, 4.5 star hotel to support Christchurch,
Canterbury and South Island tourism, as a result of requests from
our airline partners for increased short-term airport
Many of our Asian flights arrive in the evening, bringing
visitors who have been flying for 12 hours or more. They want to
rest before starting to explore the South Island and expect to be
able to do that near the airport.
Corporate and leisure travellers arrive here on trans-Tasman
flights late at night, some around midnight, or leave early in the
morning. In both cases, they expect to be able to stay overnight on
the airport campus, within walking distance of the terminal. From
the end of next year, many more will be able to do that.
The hotel is owned by the airport company (CIAL) and will be
operated under the Accor Hotels' Novotel Brand.