Record international airline passengers for South Island

The South Island is on track to set a new record by welcoming two million international airline passengers this year.

Statistics New Zealand data shows the South Island's three airports - Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown - are continuing to welcome increasing numbers of international visitors.

The data shows Christchurch Airport is back into strong growth and contributes three-quarters of South Island international arrivals.

The three southern airports all show growth, with especially strong growth - an extra 100,000 passengers this year - forecast through Christchurch, the Gateway to the South Island.

In the past year, Christchurch has welcomed 53% more Taiwanese residents, 40% more Chinese, 34% more from India and 26% more from South Korea, with increases also in visitors from Australia, America, Germany, Singapore and Britain.

Our increase in Chinese residents, at 40%, is well ahead of the national average of 27% and we remain New Zealand's fastest growing entry point for Chinese visitors.

Christchurch Airport has seen 10%p.a. growth in overall airline seats in the past year, to 7.9 million, provided by 10 commercial airlines flying more than 10,000 international flights per annum  and connecting to key Asian and Australasian hubs that handle more than 200 million passengers.