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
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.