Christchurch Airport has launched a transport hub at the airport
for regional and long-distance bus travellers. Regional bus and
shuttle services now connecting to the airport include Newmans
Coachlines and GreatSights, which presently have routes from
Christchurch to Queenstown.
"We wanted to simplify the travel process for people coming in
and out of Christchurch following the disruption of the
earthquakes," said Christchurch Airport Manager Commercial
Development Matthew Day.
"This is great news for all travellers, as it means you can take
a bus service straight to the airport to connect with a flight or
with another bus route in the South Island or to meet friends and
family in Christchurch," said Matthew Day.
The Intercity Group which operates the Newmans and GreatSights
services is delighted with the development. "This makes travel for
our passengers simpler and clearer," said Sam Peate, General
Manager InterCity Group Coaching. "Christchurch Airport is already
a transport hub well-serviced by buses, shuttles and taxis, and
with good carparking options, so this is a natural fit."
Matthew Day points out that the new airport terminal has
fantastic passenger facilities for use by all travellers, not just
people booked on flights. "It's warm and comfortable, it has lots
of seating, pure artesian water, free showers, a fabulous food
court and retail shops, as well as travel booking services,"
The airport company began discussions with other transport
providers following the earthquakes, when it became clear that
there was no longer a central point in the city where travellers
could be collected and dropped off. Coupled with traffic problems
due to the closure of the CBD, it became clear that the airport
could offer a solution.
The existing shuttle and bus services from Christchurch Airport
include Knight Rider, the West Coast shuttle, and Budget
Future routes from Christchurch Airport to Dunedin and Picton,
and all points in between, are also under consideration. Tickets
can be booked through the Travel & Tourism Centres at
Christchurch Airport: ph 0800 LOVE NZ (0800 568 369).