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There’s so much we’d love to share with you about our airport. On this page you can check out our latest news or browse all of our media releases from the past three years.

We’re happy to interact with media and help you to tell stories about our airport, city and island. There’s always someone available to take media inquiries, through our Media Line +64 3 378 2360.


Charter service announced between Korea and the South Island
25 Nov 2019

Charter service announced between Korea and the South Island

Korean Air will operate ten return services from December 27 between Incheon Airport, ranked the Best Airport Worldwide for 11 consecutive years, and Christchurch Airport, ranked Australasia's Best Regional Airport.

American Airlines to turbocharge tourism value via South Island
29 Oct 2019

American Airlines to turbocharge tourism value via South Island

Christchurch Airport just announced direct flights between Christchurch and Los Angeles will turbocharge tourism value to New Zealand.

Humanoid robots in Christchurch
14 Oct 2019

Humanoid robots in Christchurch

Humanoid robots are in the spotlight in Christchurch.

Christchurch Airport continues strong run
21 Aug 2019

Christchurch Airport continues strong run

Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) has recorded another record year in FY19.

Christchurch Airport grows, against national trend
18 Jul 2019

Christchurch Airport grows, against national trend

Christchurch Airport has notched up another month of strong growth in international arrivals in May, taking its annual visitor arrival growth between July and May to 8.5 per cent, compared to the national total of -5.8 per cent for the same time period.

First New Zealand autonomous shuttle debuts at Christchurch Airport
21 Jun 2019

First New Zealand autonomous shuttle debuts at Christchurch Airport

Christchurch’s autonomous vehicle trial is changing up a gear with today’s introduction of New Zealand’s first Smart Shuttle.

Christchurch Airport supporting action on climate change
8 May 2019

Christchurch Airport supporting action on climate change

Christchurch Airport, as a member of the Climate Leaders’ Coalition, supports the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill announced today.

Virtual Reality for airport firefighters
2 May 2019

Virtual Reality for airport firefighters

A group of airport firefighters is firing up for emergency situations without any aircraft or firefighting gear!

More direct flights between Christchurch and Hong Kong
24 Apr 2019

More direct flights between Christchurch and Hong Kong

Good news for South Island travellers… strong demand has led to Cathay Pacific confirming a third summer season between Christchurch and Hong Kong - plus increasing to four flights per week during December-January-February.

The future of digital travel
10 Apr 2019

The future of digital travel

"Robotic retailers", "travelling by virtual reality" and "pilotless planes" are just some of the ideas University of Canterbury students had for how digital disruption and emerging technologies will impact the future of travel.

Important win for six South Island tourism organisations
8 Apr 2019

Important win for six South Island tourism organisations

Six more South Island tourism organisations are about to get a valuable hand up to attract and do business with Chinese visitors.

NZ-made driverless vehicle joins Christchurch trial
14 Mar 2019

NZ-made driverless vehicle joins Christchurch trial

New Zealand's first on-road testing of fully autonomous vehicles will change up a gear later this year with the inclusion of the first locally designed and built vehicle.

Half-year result reveals continued growth for Christchurch Airport
27 Feb 2019

Half-year result reveals continued growth for Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport is reporting an increased interim result for the six months of July to December 2018, off the back of international passenger growth and strong cost control.

Alipay arrives in North Island
21 Dec 2018

Alipay arrives in North Island

A new Christchurch Airport project helping New Zealand businesses sign up to Alipay, the world's largest online payment system, has its first North Island merchant.

More cargo planes herald the key export season for South Island
4 Dec 2018

More cargo planes herald the key export season for South Island

Eagle-eyed planespotters are noticing increasing visits by cargo planes to Christchurch Airport at the moment.

World first portal for Alipay merchants
2 Oct 2018

World first portal for Alipay merchants

Christchurch Airport is introducing the world’s first online marketing portal for Alipay merchants.

New and larger retail experience coming to Christchurch Airport
2 Oct 2018

New and larger retail experience coming to Christchurch Airport

Doubling the size of the international retail space at Christchurch Airport is one of the many changes coming as a result of the appointment of a new world leading concessionaire.

Chinese travel service platform launched to boost regional tourism
31 Aug 2018

Chinese travel service platform launched to boost regional tourism

Christchurch Airport has today announced the launch of a South Island Travel Store on Fliggy, a leading Chinese travel service platform and part of the Alibaba digital ecosystem, in a move designed to promote regional tourism and economic development.

2018 a year of records for Christchurch Airport
28 Aug 2018

2018 a year of records for Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport reports a financial year 2018 (ending 30 June 2018) which saw passenger numbers reach a record 6.87 million (up from 6.57m).

Bumper year for international visitor arrivals through Christchurch Airport
27 Aug 2018

Bumper year for international visitor arrivals through Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport’s position as the South Island’s gateway has gone from strength to strength following a bumper year for visitor arrivals.

Another first for the Christchurch-Guangzhou China Southern Airlines service
12 Jul 2018

Another first for the Christchurch-Guangzhou China Southern Airlines service

The very successful China Southern Airlines direct service between Guangzhou and Christchurch is about to record another first.

Christchurch Airport leading the charge to electric vehicles
18 Jun 2018

Christchurch Airport leading the charge to electric vehicles

Christchurch Airport is the first business in the South Island to sign up to a global initiative, EV100, committing to transitioning its vehicle fleet to 100% electric.

Singapore Airlines about to bring a new aircraft to Christchurch
14 May 2018

Singapore Airlines about to bring a new aircraft to Christchurch

Christchurch Airport welcomes today’s announcement that Singapore Airlines will start flying the latest Airbus 350 to and from Christchurch next January.

New partnership to grow Chinese tourism in NZ
14 May 2018

New partnership to grow Chinese tourism in NZ

Christchurch Airport and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) have signed a memorandum of understanding which will help New Zealand businesses tap into Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba.