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A world-class airport, here for New Zealand

Our mission  

Our mission is to be a champion airport, recognised at home and abroad as an engine room for the prosperity of Christchurch, the South Island and New Zealand.  

To achieve this, we are committed to three areas of activity: building a stronger business and enhancing customer journeys and being great Kaitiaki (guardians of safety, security and sustainability).  

At the heart of a champion airport lies a champion team. We are very proud of our people and what each and every one of them contributes every day.  

Our purpose  

We're passionate about championing the South Island and changing the lives of residents and visitors for the better, forever.  

Airports have a strong flow-on effect in the economies they serve. Independent estimates show that for every $1 Christchurch Airport earns, the wider South Island economy earns $50. We also know adding one international airline seat into Christchurch generates an average of 7.5 commercial guest nights in the South Island.  

We’re proud to make a significant contribution to the social wellbeing and economic development of Christchurch, Canterbury and the South Island. By building a strong and prosperous South Island, we’re helping to build a stronger New Zealand.  

Our objectives  

Our strategic plan sets out our goals to the year 2025. By then, we aspire to achieve:

  • 8.5 million passengers per year  
  • $1 billion in new GDP (South Island and New Zealand)  
  • 10,000 new jobs for the South Island and New Zealand  
  • Sustainable 6-7% post tax return on equity. 

Financial reports

Find links to our financial reporting and disclosure documents here.

Facts and figures

6.93 million passengers, more than 7,000 campus staff, 44% growth over five years… and more!

Our leadership

Meet our Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team.

People of the airport

Amazing people, incredible stories… get to know the faces on our champion team!

Airport history

From local aerodrome to major international airport, discover our journey since 1936.

Gateway to Antarctica

More than 100 planes travel from our airport to Antarctica every year.

Health, safety and wellbeing

Learn about our commitment to Kaitiaki and safety at the airport.


Growing our place through partnerships and initiatives. 


Get up-to-date with our latest news, or check out our media release archives.

Gateway South magazine

Discover stories, events and activities centred around our city, island and people.


NASA’s flying telescope, known as SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), calls our airport home over winter.


View the by-laws that guide our facilities, access and operations. 

Master plan
Our 2040 vision

With an eye on the future, we have created a vision for Christchurch Airport to 2040. This Master Plan provides a framework to deliver future growth, while making the most of exciting innovations in technology and sustainable management.  

Find out more