Today marks 25 years of Singapore Airlines flying direct to
Christchurch International Airport - a connection worth hundreds of
millions of dollars locally and nationally.
The airline is celebrating the 25 year anniversary by
permanently increasing daily services to Christchurch, a move
welcomed by Christchurch Airport CEO, Jim Boult.
"This is very good news because the increase in flights means
more than 1,995 tourists have direct access to the South Island
every week," says Mr Boult. "This is significant and exciting for
Christchurch, the gateway to the South Island.
"Singapore Airlines has opened up the world for many South
Island travellers and offered them an introduction to Asia and
beyond. Conversely, the flights into Christchurch delight the
airline's travellers. We know most international travellers book a
trip to New Zealand expecting to see stunning scenery, so flying
into Christchurch over the Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains
immediately meets that expectation."
Christchurch Airport General Manager of Aeronautical Business
Development, Matthew Findlay, says the 25-year relationship is
highly valued by the airport.
"Today marks a significant milestone in the relationship between
Christchurch Airport and Singapore Airlines," says Mr Findlay. "We
appreciate the loyalty and investment the airline has shown here
and acknowledge Singapore Airlines' stated intention to support the
rebuilding of the city.
"New Zealand's number one industry is tourism and well over half
New Zealand's international visitors fly directly into
Christchurch. We know visitors consistently spend more time and
more money in the South Island, so having Singapore Airlines bring
more visitors directly here daily is good for us all."
Jim Boult says Singapore Airlines flights also provide global
connectivity for high value freight - another benefit for the local
"The relationship with Singapore Airlines is worth more than
$100 million to the New Zealand economy. It is important the
Christchurch connection delivers that - especially at a time when
we are re-shaping the future," he says.
General Manager of Singapore Airlines New Zealand, James Lim,
says when Singapore Airlines started flying between Christchurch
and Singapore in 1986, the airline was proud to be the first
international carrier to offer services out of
"Since then, we have brought more than a million passengers to
the beautiful South Island and carried a similar number of people
from Christchurch to Singapore and beyond," says Mr Lim. "We
are extremely proud of our long association with Christchurch.
"People know when they fly Singapore Airlines they will have an
exciting journey at exceptional value. We take pride in
offering a world-class on-board experience, with a strong
commitment to service excellence, fleet renewal and product
innovation for the comfort and convenience of our customers. We
look forward to our next 25 years of service to Christchurch."