The arrival of the first scheduled A380 into the South Island
will contribute to a record summer of visitors through Christchurch
The daily arrival and departure of the world's largest passenger
aircraft will add more than 100,000 extra airline seats through the
airport over the coming year, providing a significant boost in
visitor numbers and economic contribution to the South Island.
The airport's Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer Justin
Watson says latest national data shows tourist spending across the
South Island for the year ending September 2016 was $8,548
"The additional direct international air services into
Christchurch will help that climb even higher in the coming year,"
he says. "We have a 35% increase in international seats here over
the summer, which is ahead of the national growth trend. We are
certainly on track to break all the records we set last summer.
"As well as the Emirates new A380 service flying daily into and
out of Christchurch, we will have:
- double-daily flights from Singapore Airlines over the peak
- a two-fold increase in Qantas flights including new daily
Melbourne and Brisbane services,
- increased flights on China Southern Airlines direct to
- increased flights to Nadi with Fiji Airlines,
- a return of China Airlines summer service from Taiwan via
Melbourne and Sydney,
- a larger Air New Zealand 787 Dreamliner flying between Perth
and Christchurch, and
- a new charter service from Asiana Airlines to meet the demand
of Koreans wanting to experience the South Island.
"Domestic growth is also increasing year on year, with extra Air
New Zealand domestic services boosting both domestic and
international visitors through Christchurch Airport. We're seeing
increased domestic tourism now there is more to do and see here, as
well as more places to stay in our regenerating city."
Mr Watson says the acknowledged Gateway to the South Island is
well set up to comfortably manage the increasing numbers, with
forward planning built into the development of the integrated
"South Islanders have never been better connected to the world
and our convenient connection times in the single terminal make it
more seamless for travellers to get where they want to get to. The
world is on our doorstep and it seems people are keen to fly
the A380 to Sydney and on to the many international destinations
and experiences beyond."