Christchurch Airport welcomes more flights between China and New Zealand

Christchurch Airport is welcoming the potential trebling of passenger flights between China and New Zealand.

Chief Executive Jim Boult, currently in Indonesia as a member of the Prime Minister's trade mission, says this afternoon's announcement by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee is great news for our travel and tourism industries.

"We are a distant market for the rest of the world, so any agreement making it easier for airlines to come to New Zealand is very encouraging", says Mr Boult.

"Our team at Christchurch Airport is engaged in positive discussions with China Southern in China this week and currently hosting an Air China plane while His Excellency Jia Qinglin visits. We hope our current conversations will result in direct flights to Christchurch."

Mr Boult says Chinese visitors are very keen to see the South Island's famous scenery and experience southern hospitality.

"Christchurch Airport is the gateway to the South Island and travellers arriving here tell us they love flying in over the mountains they came to see," he says.

"Many international travellers book their trip to New Zealand with the expectation of seeing our stunning scenery - mountains and lakes. They get the promise of that as they fly in to Christchurch."

Mr Boult says the increased ASA agreements will reinforce New Zealand's free trade approach and make it easier for more South Island exporters to transport their products to the global market. "We need to grow in-bound arrivals and the import/export market for New Zealand," he said.  "I'm delighted at this news and trust new agreements can be made quickly."

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