Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Thousands more trans-Tasman seats into Chch next summer

Thousands more trans-Tasman seats into Christchurch next summer

More than 40-thousand extra seats will become available on trans-Tasman services into Christchurch next summer.

Christchurch Airport is welcoming Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia highlighting its commitment to Christchurch and the South Island with its just announced 13 per cent increase in capacity.

The airport’s General Manager of Aeronautical Business Development says the airlines’ announcement comes at a good time.

“The additional scheduled services across the Tasman from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne into Christchurch come at a time when capacity is getting tight and demand is now outstripping supply,” says Matthew Findlay.

“International volumes to Christchurch returned to growth last October. For the past six months, our international passenger movements have grown 4.7% over the previous year and over the same time, planes across the Tasman have been their fullest since 2010. Airlines are responding to the market and providing more capacity where demand most needs it.”

Mr Findlay says the airport’s analysis indicates Christchurch Airport had the highest load factors into New Zealand for the most recent six month period, October 2013 – March 2014.

He says the additional 43,000 seats over summer 2013/14 will provide a boost to the local, regional and national tourism industry.

“Research has shown that of all international arrivals to Christchurch, 65% of arriving passengers stay longer and spend more when they arrive in Christchurch. Our arriving visitors tend to have a broader regional stay, so based on early estimations and existing average spend, this new capacity could be worth an extra $10m for the visitor economy this coming summer. That’s great news for the recovering tourism sector in Canterbury and the wider sector in the South Island.”

Mr Findlay says statistics show continued strength in passenger movements between Christchurch and international markets, with passenger counts up on last year across many different nationalities.

He says enhanced schedule spread to and from Sydney is great news for travellers connecting there.

“It means business travellers, and people wanting to connect beyond Australia, now will have increased choice. Increases in services between Brisbane and Melbourne will also please many travellers, as does the return of direct Christchurch-Perth next summer.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Must Sell 20 Petrol Stations: Z Cleared To Buy Caltex Assets

Z Energy is allowed to buy the Caltex and Challenge! petrol station chains but must sell 19 of its retail sites and one truck-stop, the Commerce Commission has ruled in a split decision that acknowledges possible retail price coordination between fuel retailers occurs in some regions. More>>

ALSO:

Huntly: Genesis Extends Life Of Coal-Fuelled Power Station To 2022

Genesis Energy will keep its two coal and gas-fired units at Huntly Power Station operating until 2022, having previously said they'd be closed by 2018, after wringing a high price from other electricity generators who wanted to keep them as back-up. More>>

ALSO:

Dammed If You Do: Ruataniwha Irrigation Scheme Hits Farmer Uptake Targets

Enough Hawke's Bay farmers have signed up for water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for it to go ahead as long as a cornerstone institutional capital investor can be found to back it, its regional council promoter announced. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: OCR Stays At 2.25%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2.25 percent, in a decision traders had said could go either way, while predicting inflation will pick up as the slump in oil prices washes out of the data and capacity pressures start to build in the economy. More>>

ALSO:

Export Values Down: NZ Posts Biggest Annual Trade Deficit In 7 Years

New Zealand has recorded its biggest annual trade deficit since April 2009, reflecting weaker prices of agricultural commodities such as dairy products, beef and lamb, and increased imports of vehicles and machinery. More>>

ALSO:

Currency Events: NZ's New $5 Note Wins International Banknote Award

New Zealand’s new Brighter Money $5 note has been named Banknote of the Year in a prestigious international competition. The $5 note was awarded the IBNS Banknote of the Year title at the International Bank Note Society’s annual meeting. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news