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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.

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Christchurch Airport has just been named one of the world’s best at the World Airport Awards in Stockholm.
22 Mar 2018

Christchurch Airport has just been named one of the world’s best at the World Airport Awards in Stockholm.

Christchurch Airport has just been named one of the world’s best at the World Airport Awards in Stockholm.

NZ-made driverless vehicle joins Christchurch trial
14 Mar 2018

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.

Flying from the South Island into the future - without a pilot
14 Mar 2018

Flying from the South Island into the future - without a pilot

South Island testing of autonomous air travel is being welcomed by Christchurch Airport.

Record passengers drive half-year result for Christchurch Airport
7 Mar 2018

Record passengers drive half-year result for Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport is reporting an increased interim result, alongside record passenger numbers.

Competition heating up to attract Chinese visitor dollar
16 Feb 2018

Competition heating up to attract Chinese visitor dollar

An influx of Chinese visitors into New Zealand for the traditional Chinese New Year holiday period is seeing competition heat up for the Chinese visitor dollar, and a surge in interest for the smartphone payment app Alipay.

Another record set at Christchurch Airport
13 Feb 2018

Another record set at Christchurch Airport

Another month, another record at Christchurch Airport.

Busiest month ever at Christchurch Airport
10 Jan 2018

Busiest month ever at Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport recorded its busiest month ever in December.

Soak up more sun - Christchurch to Rarotonga direct
9 Jan 2018

Soak up more sun - Christchurch to Rarotonga direct

South Islanders can extend their sunshine hours with direct flights between Christchurch and Rarotonga next winter.

Alipay arrives in North Island
21 Dec 2017

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 2017

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.

Christchurch Airport wins coveted award for energy efficiency
1 Dec 2017

Christchurch Airport wins coveted award for energy efficiency

Christchurch Airport has taken out the Efficiency Champion category of the Sustainable Business Network Awards after dramatically reducing its energy use and focusing on using cleaner energy sources.

Alipay takes off in the South Island
29 Nov 2017

Alipay takes off in the South Island

Alipay, the world's leading mobile and online payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, is quickly expanding across the South Island as a Christchurch Airport project gains altitude.

Global aviation upgrade trial comes to Christchurch
6 Nov 2017

Global aviation upgrade trial comes to Christchurch

A trial to bring a global aviation navigation upgrade programme to the South Island has been announced in Christchurch today by Airways New Zealand, Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ), Christchurch Airport and New Southern Sky.

Christchurch Airport 2040 revealed
25 Oct 2017

Christchurch Airport 2040 revealed

Christchurch Airport has an eye on the future and has today revealed its vision for the airport in 2040.

Profit lifts 50% at Christchurch Airport
5 Sep 2017

Profit lifts 50% at Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport (CIAL) has today announced increased net profit, revenue, and total declared dividends as a result of record passenger numbers and strong property growth.

Daily flights to China a big boost for the South Island
30 Aug 2017

Daily flights to China a big boost for the South Island

The partnership between Christchurch Airport and China Southern Airlines is going from strength to strength and helping boost tourism and trade for the South Island.

New opportunities and new horizons for tourism operators
18 Aug 2017

New opportunities and new horizons for tourism operators

Four more South Island tourism companies have today been named as recipients of the 'New Horizons Fund' support programme to help them make the most of opportunities from the rapidly growing China market.

Cathay Pacific to fly Hong Kong - Christchurch direct from December
7 Mar 2017

Cathay Pacific to fly Hong Kong - Christchurch direct from December

Cathay Pacific has announced it will introduce a new seasonal service between Hong Kong and Christchurch from December 2017, directly linking the two cities by air for the first time.

International passenger growth drives 13% rise in dividends
15 Feb 2017

International passenger growth drives 13% rise in dividends

Christchurch Airport is reporting an increased profit for the six months to 31 December as a result of strong international passenger growth.

26 Jan 2017

New Zealand's first Smart Shuttle unveiled in Christchurch

The future arrived at Christchurch Airport this morning, with the introduction of the fully autonomous Smart Shuttle for New Zealand's first on-road research trial.