Christchurch Air­port’s daily A380 points to record sum­mer

The ar­rival of the first sched­uled A380 into the South Is­land will con­trib­ute to a record sum­mer of visitors through Christchurch Air­port.

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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 $8.5 mil­lion.

“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 pe­riod • A two-fold in­crease in Qan­tas flights in­clud­ing new daily Mel­bourne and Bris­bane ser­vices • In­creased flights on China South­ern Air­lines di­rect to Guangzhou • 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

“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 ter­mi­nal.

“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 on the A380 to Syd­ney and on to the many in­ter­na­tional desti­na­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences be­yond.”

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