The day Christchurch plane-spotters have been waiting for is
Monday October 31 will see the 1.45pm arrival of the first
scheduled A380 aircraft at Christchurch Airport, ahead of an
on-going daily service.
To give as many people as possible the best view of the
inaugural arrival, Christchurch Airport will open a special viewing
area for that day only.
The airport's Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer Justin
Watson says the grassed area opposite the main runway will offer
hundreds of people the chance to park up to witness, film and
photograph the landing at 1.45pm.
"We've dubbed it "Plane-spotters' Park", because we are very
aware of aviation enthusiast's excitement at this spectacular
aircraft flying in here that day, and every day afterwards," he
"We'll open "Plane-spotters' Park" at 11am and close it after
the double-decker aircraft departs at 6.45pm.
"This will be the best area from which to see the plane. Two
other roads people sometimes park on near the terminal will be
closed that day to help us manage expected traffic flows and keep
everyone safe, so I suggest people check the map to get to
"That viewing area will be accessed from Pound Road and we'll
have traffic management
signs and staff on the roads leading to it, to assist everyone to
get to the area safely."