Christchurch Airport has an eye on the future and has today
revealed its vision for the airport in 2040.
Chief Executive Malcolm Johns says the airport company champions
the economic and social outcomes for Christchurch and South Island
and has released a video showing the airport's long-term vision for
its terminal and campus.
"The airport is the South Island's gateway for visitors,
airfreight and business and by 2040 is projected to have 20,000
people working here," he says.
Mr Johns says the airport reviews its long term planning for
land-use and infrastructure every ten years. He says this video
shares that thinking, which has been underway for almost two
"Christchurch Airport is a leader in future thinking, as
demonstrated through our partnership in the country's first
autonomous vehicle trial and the world-first partnership with
Alibaba. We are conscious that the airport currently underpins the
generation of 2.1 billion dollars in regional GDP and creates more
than 60,000 jobs.
Mr Johns says the 2040 airport would see Memorial Avenue
extended, to create a
"grand avenue" to an expanded terminal to cater for forecast
passenger growth. A series of minor runway extensions would cater
for larger and more frequent aircraft, without a need for major
changes to the airfield or noise impacts in residential
He says the latest Master Plan gives the airport a framework to
deliver future growth while making the most of exciting innovations
in technology and sustainable management, which are likely to form
an important part of society's evolution over the next 20 to 30