Christchurch Airport will welcome more Japanese travellers than
ever this coming summer.
Twenty-two of 29 new charter flights from Japan will fly direct to
Christchurch, bringing the majority of the 6000 Japanese visitors
Air New Zealand will more than double its summer charters between
December and March and fly from eight Japanese cities.
Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult says the charter services are a
response to market demand, so are sure to be well supported by
Japanese travellers, who simply love the South Island.
"Japanese travellers book to visit New Zealand because of images
of majestic mountains, glaciers, lakes, big blue skies and wide
open space," says Mr Boult. "Of course all those sights and
experiences are in the South Island.
"Visitors tell us the promise of those scenes and experiences
starts to be delivered as they fly in over the Southern Alps to
land at the airport. Their first holiday image of the mountains is
taken through the window of the plane and the second is a similar
shot taken from a window in our terminal.
"Add in the famous southern hospitality and you can see why
Japanese visitors love coming here and go home to tell friends and
family they must come south too."