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Christchurch Airport is New Zealand's second largest airport, with 12 partner airlines coming from 25 destinations.

As the international gateway for Christchurch and the South Island, we are the busiest and most strategic air connection to the world's trade and tourism markets.


Passenger numbers           

  • A record 6.93 million passengers travelled in and out of Christchurch Airport in the 2019 financial year. That's more than six times the population of the South Island!
  • Key international markets where Christchurch grew faster than the rest of New Zealand were China (+7.3%), Hong Kong (+21%), Japan (+11.6%) and the Malaysia (+9.2%).  
  • For visitor arrival numbers for country of residence, please refer to the Statistics New Zealand's monthly releases.

2019 Financial Year reporting*   

  • Operating revenue has grown 44.2% in the past five years, to $187.4 million.  
  • EBITDAF (that’s “earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and net investment property fair value movements”) has grown 73.2% in five years, to $125.5 million.  
  • Underlying Net Profit Before Tax has grown 367.7% in five years, to $52.6 million.  
  • Dividends of $43.3 million were declared for the year, up 7.2% on the previous year.  

Want to learn more? You can view our Annual Reviews here.

*to end of June 2019

Supporting our community  

As a business, we support the Christchurch, Canterbury and South Island economy in a wide range of ways:  

  • More than 7,000 people are employed on the airport campus in full time, part time or casual roles, making it the largest single centre of employment in the South Island.  
  • We create employment for more than 20,000 full time equivalent workers in the Canterbury region.  
  • Antarctic operations delivers $80 million in direct benefits to the city annually.  

Airport history

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

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