Christchurch Airport has announced that Stage One of its new
terminal building is complete and fully open to the public. "We're
very proud of our spacious new facility to welcome visitors to
Christchurch and the South Island," said the CEO of Christchurch
International Airport, Jim Boult.
"Last week the integrated check-in hall opened, where all
passengers, both international and domestic, check in. This
morning the first floor opened, which has a fabulous food court,
with a great variety of quality food, as well as many retail
outlets. We wanted to dramatically improve the traveller experience
at Christchurch Airport, and this has done that - and more," stated
"We're pleased to say our opening has gone without any hitches -
following lots of planning and preparation," noted Jim Boult.
"This project has involved 18 months of intensive construction and
testing to ensure everything would work from Day One."
Stage Two of the construction project began this week and will
be complete in September 2012. It involves the demolition of the
former domestic terminal, the construction of a new baggage claim
area and improvement of aircraft parking areas.
Facts and Figures:
The old terminal at Christchurch Airport opened in 1960, and had
200,000 passengers a year; in 2010, Christchurch Airport was a
gateway for 6 million travellers.
A major feature of the new terminal is a new $15 million
state-of-the-art baggage handling system, which is 750 metres
The integrated check-in hall has 58 check-in counters as well as
numerous self-service kiosks.
The food stores on the first floor will include Sakura Sushi,
Noodle, Healthy Habits, Burger King, Underground Coffee and The
Hawkins Construction Limited was the main construction company
working on the project; there were also hundreds of
Mainzeal Construction was the main construction company which
built the Regional Departures Lounge.
The total cost of the terminal development will be $237
million. That figure includes the multi-storey car parking
building, the terminal itself, the ground boarding lounge, a
pedestrian plaza and the airfield works to reconfigure the aircraft
parking. This has been one of the largest infrastructure
projects in the South Island.
So far $161,428,000 has been spent on the project; it is exactly
on target in terms of budget.
Between 200 and 400 workers have been active on the construction
site, rain or shine, each work day for three years.
Over the last year, more than 300 chicken burgers and 250
chicken rolls were consumed on the site each week.
The amount of steel in the building is equivalent to the weight
of seven Boeing 747's.
The amount of concrete used would fill 3.5 Olympic sized
The quantity of tiles would cover two rugby fields; the carpet
would cover one rugby field; the check-in floor alone consists of
23,364 flooring tiles.
Enough paint has been used to draw a line from Christchurch to
A wall of bluestone basalt from Timaru, 125 metres long, has
been installed behind the full length of the check-in
counters. This dark, textured basalt has been subtly etched
to represent the braided river system which Canterbury is famous
The new airport terminal showcases exterior walls of Damplon, a
material which can be lit in different colours.
The new building has 2 1MVA diesel powered generators which will
keep the terminal fully functional in a network outage. They
can also be used to provide load control to save electricity
In the new building, there will be no fossil-fuel boilers,
instead 3 chiller units will be used to heat pump units whereby
artesian water is used for cooling and heating the building and
then recycled back into the ground.
The terminal will also have low energy requirements through use
of several building management systems, such as: automatic turn-off
of lighting in unused areas, daylight control, power factor
correction, high-efficiency lighting throughout the building, wind
lobbies, thick window glass for heat retention in winter and to
provide solar shading in the summer and air-to-water heat pumps for
generation of hot water in public areas.