Chief Executive Jim Boult says the
team at Christchurch Airport looks forward to a new central city
which he believes will be the envy of similar sized cities
throughout the world.
"We applaud this eagerly awaited plan
for the recovery of central Christchurch," says Mr Boult. "The
process behind the plan has been robust and the people working on
it have clearly grasped the opportunity to create a new and
exciting central city."
Mr Boult says he is pleased to see
government commitment to both a convention centre and significant
sports stadium in a central city location.
"The loss of a significant portion of
Christchurch's hotel accommodation, its convention centre and much
of its sporting infrastructure has reduced the numbers of people
visiting here, so we anticipate people returning when the
"We believe the very best thing CIAL
can do is continue to grow aeronautical routes into the South
Island. When the city gets hotels and attractions back,
it won't be a difficult job to migrate those visitors back in to
spend a night or two in the city. "
Mr Boult says the airport company
looks forward to Christchurch having a more sustainable and
"The combination of convention centre
and hotels, shopping and entertainment precincts, a sports stadium
and apartments will invigorate the central city and be enhanced by
the beautiful areas created alongside the Avon River. I am sure the
combination will make Christchurch the envy of similar sized cities
throughout the world."
Mr Boult says CIAL is proud to be a
backbone of the local economy.
"Christchurch Airport is the largest
single centre of employment in the South Island," he says. "In
2011, almost 6000 people were employed on the airport campus in
full time, part time or casual roles. The airport also created
employment for 20,300 full time equivalents on and off campus. That
means Christchurch Airport generated $1.7 billion in regional
Mr Boult says his team is very
motivated and actively working towards welcoming more visitors
through Christchurch Airport - the entry point to the best New
Zealand has to offer.