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New and larger retail experience coming to Christchurch Airport
2 Oct 2018

New and larger retail experience coming to Christchurch Airport

Doubling the size of the international retail space at Christchurch Airport is one of the many changes coming as a result of the appointment of a new world leading concessionaire.

Chinese travel service platform launched to boost regional tourism
31 Aug 2018

Chinese travel service platform launched to boost regional tourism

Christchurch Airport has today announced the launch of a South Island Travel Store on Fliggy, a leading Chinese travel service platform and part of the Alibaba digital ecosystem, in a move designed to promote regional tourism and economic development.

2018 a year of records for Christchurch Airport
28 Aug 2018

2018 a year of records for Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport reports a financial year 2018 (ending 30 June 2018) which saw passenger numbers reach a record 6.87 million (up from 6.57m).

Bumper year for international visitor arrivals through Christchurch Airport
27 Aug 2018

Bumper year for international visitor arrivals through Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport’s position as the South Island’s gateway has gone from strength to strength following a bumper year for visitor arrivals.

Another first for the Christchurch-Guangzhou China Southern Airlines service
12 Jul 2018

Another first for the Christchurch-Guangzhou China Southern Airlines service

The very successful China Southern Airlines direct service between Guangzhou and Christchurch is about to record another first.

Christchurch Airport leading the charge to electric vehicles
18 Jun 2018

Christchurch Airport leading the charge to electric vehicles

Christchurch Airport is the first business in the South Island to sign up to a global initiative, EV100, committing to transitioning its vehicle fleet to 100% electric.

Singapore Airlines about to bring a new aircraft to Christchurch
14 May 2018

Singapore Airlines about to bring a new aircraft to Christchurch

Christchurch Airport welcomes today’s announcement that Singapore Airlines will start flying the latest Airbus 350 to and from Christchurch next January.

New partnership to grow Chinese tourism in NZ
14 May 2018

New partnership to grow Chinese tourism in NZ

Christchurch Airport and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) have signed a memorandum of understanding which will help New Zealand businesses tap into Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba.

Christchurch Airport has just been named one of the world’s best at the World Airport Awards in Stockholm.
22 Mar 2018

Christchurch Airport has just been named one of the world’s best at the World Airport Awards in Stockholm.

Christchurch Airport has just been named one of the world’s best at the World Airport Awards in Stockholm.

NZ-made driverless vehicle joins Christchurch trial
14 Mar 2018

NZ-made driverless vehicle joins Christchurch trial

New Zealand's first on-road testing of fully autonomous vehicles will change up a gear later this year with the inclusion of the first locally designed and built vehicle.

Flying from the South Island into the future - without a pilot
14 Mar 2018

Flying from the South Island into the future - without a pilot

South Island testing of autonomous air travel is being welcomed by Christchurch Airport.

Record passengers drive half-year result for Christchurch Airport
7 Mar 2018

Record passengers drive half-year result for Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport is reporting an increased interim result, alongside record passenger numbers.

Competition heating up to attract Chinese visitor dollar
16 Feb 2018

Competition heating up to attract Chinese visitor dollar

An influx of Chinese visitors into New Zealand for the traditional Chinese New Year holiday period is seeing competition heat up for the Chinese visitor dollar, and a surge in interest for the smartphone payment app Alipay.

Another record set at Christchurch Airport
13 Feb 2018

Another record set at Christchurch Airport

Another month, another record at Christchurch Airport.

Busiest month ever at Christchurch Airport
10 Jan 2018

Busiest month ever at Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport recorded its busiest month ever in December.

Soak up more sun - Christchurch to Rarotonga direct
9 Jan 2018

Soak up more sun - Christchurch to Rarotonga direct

South Islanders can extend their sunshine hours with direct flights between Christchurch and Rarotonga next winter.

Alipay arrives in North Island
21 Dec 2017

Alipay arrives in North Island

A new Christchurch Airport project helping New Zealand businesses sign up to Alipay, the world's largest online payment system, has its first North Island merchant.

More cargo planes herald the key export season for South Island
4 Dec 2017

More cargo planes herald the key export season for South Island

Eagle-eyed planespotters are noticing increasing visits by cargo planes to Christchurch Airport at the moment.

Christchurch Airport wins coveted award for energy efficiency
1 Dec 2017

Christchurch Airport wins coveted award for energy efficiency

Christchurch Airport has taken out the Efficiency Champion category of the Sustainable Business Network Awards after dramatically reducing its energy use and focusing on using cleaner energy sources.

Alipay takes off in the South Island
29 Nov 2017

Alipay takes off in the South Island

Alipay, the world's leading mobile and online payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, is quickly expanding across the South Island as a Christchurch Airport project gains altitude.

Global aviation upgrade trial comes to Christchurch
6 Nov 2017

Global aviation upgrade trial comes to Christchurch

A trial to bring a global aviation navigation upgrade programme to the South Island has been announced in Christchurch today by Airways New Zealand, Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ), Christchurch Airport and New Southern Sky.

Christchurch Airport 2040 revealed
25 Oct 2017

Christchurch Airport 2040 revealed

Christchurch Airport has an eye on the future and has today revealed its vision for the airport in 2040.

Profit lifts 50% at Christchurch Airport
5 Sep 2017

Profit lifts 50% at Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport (CIAL) has today announced increased net profit, revenue, and total declared dividends as a result of record passenger numbers and strong property growth.

Daily flights to China a big boost for the South Island
30 Aug 2017

Daily flights to China a big boost for the South Island

The partnership between Christchurch Airport and China Southern Airlines is going from strength to strength and helping boost tourism and trade for the South Island.