The long-term relationship between Christchurch Airport and
Singapore Airlines has been highlighted again with a multi-million
dollar re-fit of aircraft flying direct between Christchurch and
Upgraded seats and cabin interiors form part of a NZ$77.4 million
investment programme offering South Island travellers additional
space and comfort on the daily flights.
Christchurch Airport Chief Executive Malcolm Johns says the new
product is outstanding and yet another reason South Island
travellers choose to fly to Singapore direct out of
"Singapore Airlines has been a valued partner of Christchurch
Airport for 28 years, providing travellers from Wellington south
with award winning passenger services and air freight capacity from
here," says Mr Johns. "The airline's commitment to the airport is
underscored by increasing capacity on the route since the 2011
earthquake by what is now an astounding 21.5%.
"This recent summer has also seen Singapore Airlines provide 10
additional supplementry services over our summer - the highest
volume of additional seats ever seen from the airline. Eighteen new
services have already been announced for next summer, which we hope
may yet see more services to meet the 2014/15 summer season."
Mr Johns says the daily flight offers southern travellers many
international connections. "Singapore Airlines' long haul service
contributes $144m to the economy and provides connectivity beyond
Singapore, with services to and from Europe, Asia and Africa," he
says. "When you add all these factors together, it's not difficult
to see why Singapore Airlines carries hundreds of thousands of
visitors and South Islanders on the existing service every
The value of the partnership is also highlighted by Singapore
Airlines' visiting Regional Vice President South West Pacific,
Subhas Menon, who says "We've been flying here for almost three
decades and we'll be flying here forever!"