It's official - the Christchurch to Perth direct seasonal
service is back again next summer.
Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon has today announced the
service which has operated since the beginning of December has been
so well supported by South Islanders and Western Australians that
it has gone on sale today for next summer.
Chief Executive of Christchurch Airport, Malcolm Johns, says
confirmation of the service from this December to April 2015 is
great news for Christchurch and the South Island.
"When the service was announced, we were confident the offer of
19-thousand seats over 21 weeks would be welcomed by travellers
from both here and Western Australia," he says.
"That has definitely been proven correct, with very high
bookings in both directions across the summer and lots of inquiries
for flights into the future. This has been an extremely successful
seasonal service, which has added about $9 million so far in
additional earnings for the South Island's GDP.
"South Islanders want to visit Perth for the warmth and beaches,
while Western Australians want to drive around our scenery and
experience snow, which they never get. The same plane flying the
direct seasonal service offers a Sydney segment, which has also
seen strong support.
"Tens of thousands of people travel between Christchurch and
Perth every year. There's a lot of South Islanders working in Perth
who are glad of the chance to fly home direct into Christchurch.
They save more than three hours flying time and fly into our
award-winning terminal - it's a great combination."
Confirmation of the service today allows Christchurch Airport
and its partners to deliver on the proposed Tourism 2025 targets
for New Zealand, of growing connectivity to global