Facts & Figures

As the international gateway for Christchurch and the South Island, Christchurch Airport is a major hub and the busiest and most strategic air connection to the world's trade and tourism markets. The airport is New Zealand's second largest airport with 10 partner airlines coming from 22 destinations.

Passenger Numbers         

  • A record 6.8 million passengers travelled in and out of Christchurch Airport in the 2018 financial year (FY18) - that's more than 6 times the population of the South Island
  • International passenger arrivals grew by 8.5% while overall arrivals for New Zealand grew by 3.9%
  • Key international markets where Christchurch grew faster than the rest of New Zealand were Australia (+7.8%), China (+25%), Europe (+7.7%) and the United States (+11.8%)
  • For visitor arrival numbers for country of residence, please refer to the Statistics New Zealand's monthly releases 

FY18 Financial Reporting 

  • Operating Revenue grew 40% since FY14 to $182.6 million
  • EBITDAF (Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and net investment property fair value movements) grew 59.6% since FY14 to $115.7 million
  • NSAT (New Surplus After Tax) grew 392.8% since FY14 to $88.7 million
  • Dividends of $40.4 million were declared for the year, up 5.5% from $38.3 million the previous year

View CIAL's Annual Reports here

The Community

The airport company supports the Christchurch, Canterbury and South Island economy in several ways.

  • Approximately 6,000 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
  • The airport creates employment for more than 20,000 full time equivalent workers (FTEs) in the Canterbury region
  • Antarctic operations delivers $80 million in direct benefits to the city annually