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Championing the South Island and New Zealand

Our purpose

We believe we live in the best place on earth, so we want to see it prosper. We want to be a champion of Te Waipounamu the South Island and Aotearoa New Zealand, for today and tomorrow, to help change the lives of residents and visitors for the better, forever.   

Our mission

Our mission is ambitious. We want to be recognised for three areas of focus: enhancing people’s lives (our team, customers, partners and communities), fuelling the economic prosperity of the South Island and New Zealand, and being great Kaitiaki of our planet (guardians of safety, security and sustainability).

Airports have a strong flow-on effect in the economies they serve. Independent estimates show that for every $1 Christchurch Airport earns, the wider South Island economy earns $50. We also know adding one international airline seat into Christchurch generates an average of 7.5 commercial guest nights in the South Island.

We’re proud to make a significant contribution to social wellbeing and economic development, building more prosperous regions and a stronger New Zealand.

We’re also very proud of our people and what each and every one of them contributes to the airport every day.

Our values

Developed with our champion team, our four values guide the way we do business every day.

  • Make a difference – We all make an impact, big or small. We step up because we care about creating positive experiences for everyone.
  • Be forward thinking – We’re not afraid to challenge the status quo and ask ‘would this work better?’. We have a passion to push the boundaries.
  • Stronger together – We respect and take pride in each others’ work. We have fun doing great things as one team.
  • Look after each other – We’ve got each others’ backs. We’re positive, communicate openly and do the right thing.

Financial reports

Find links to our financial reporting and disclosure documents here.

Facts and figures

3.26 million passengers, more than 7,000 campus staff, 44% growth over five years… and more!

Our leadership

Meet our Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team.

People of the airport

Amazing people, incredible stories… get to know the faces of our team!

A new Central Otago airport

We're exploring the potential of building a new regional airport for Central Otago to enable low-carbon aviation for future generations.

Airport history

From local aerodrome to major international airport, discover our journey since 1936.

Gateway to Antarctica

More than 100 planes travel from our airport to Antarctica every year.

Health, safety and wellbeing

Learn about our commitment to Kaitiaki and safety at the airport.


Growing our place through partnerships and initiatives. 


Get up-to-date with our latest news, or check out our media release archives.

Our campus

Home to some of the world's leading businesses and brands.


View the by-laws that guide our facilities, access and operations.