Christchurch Airport is reporting an increased profit for the
six months to 31 December as a result of strong international
The net surplus after tax of $18.3m for the six months to 31
December 2016 was an increase of 13% compared with the same period
last year ($16.2m), has resulted in the Board proposing to pay an
interim dividend of $16.4 million, also up 13% year on year
The airport's total operating revenue of $86.4 million increased
by 6.5% year on year (excluding the International Antarctic Centre
tourist attraction revenue from the prior
year, which was sold in October 2015), with aeronautical revenue
of $42.5 million up 6.4% and non-aeronautical revenue of $43.9
million up 6.6%.
Earnings before interest tax and depreciation (EBITDA) grew to
$53.3 million ($50.8 in prior period.)
Total passenger movements increased by 135,392 (4.4%) for the
period, producing a record for the first six months of a financial
year at 3.24 million.
Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) chairman David
Mackenzie says the first six months of the financial year have
shown good growth in both the aeronautical and
non-aeronautical sides of the business and that has seen the Board
able to lift interim dividends to shareholders by 13%.
Christchurch Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns says while
domestic passenger numbers have grown by 3.2%, international
passenger numbers have risen by around 8%, with a number of new
international air services introduced in November and December.
"New or increased services from China Southern Airlines,
Emirates (A380), Qantas and Fiji Airways have increased our
connections to key regional airport hubs and driven strong
international visitor growth into the South Island and New
"Passport data shows a +53% growth in arrivals by Hong Kong
residents, +37% from Chinese nationals, +32% from Indonesians, +25%
from Taiwanese, +24% from Koreans, +15% from Japan and +14%
"Pleasingly, the work our team has been doing with the regions
of the South Island in China, South East Asia and Australia has
seen this growth spread to regions such as the West Coast,
Nelson/Marlborough, Dunedin and the South Coast.
"We are seeing a higher proportion of Chinese FITs (free
independent travellers), who are younger, spending more and
exploring more on our China services."
Mr Johns says the airport company expects to welcome a record
6.7m passengers in
the full financial year, up from 6.3m last year and 5.9m the