Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Record day for Christchurch Airport

It’s a red-letter day for Christchurch Airport, with the arrival of the first China Southern Airlines flight and the release of record passenger numbers.

The direct flight from Guangzhou brought 228 Chinese visitors to celebrate Chinese New Year in the South Island and marked the first time a Dreamliner has flown commercially to Christchurch, highlighting the increasing numbers of Chinese visitors choosing the South Island over the north.

New Chinese travel regulations have prompted a drop-off in the overall number of tourists coming to New Zealand, though those who do come stay longer to experience the South Island, which is outperforming the rest of the country, according to Tourism New Zealand .

Christchurch Airport Chief Executive Malcolm Johns says the company’s ‘Welcome China’ strategy is focussed on building international arrivals from China to New Zealand via Christchurch.

“It’s about bringing more people here,” says Mr Johns. “Our relationship with China Southern is key to this and has been in development for some time. It is a fact that the number of Chinese visitors to the South Island of New Zealand continues to grow.

“Over the past decade, the South Island has been the brand engine room for New Zealand in China. Images of our breath taking scenery – mountains, lakes, wide blue skies, green open spaces and adventure-based culture - attract Chinese travellers, which is good for the whole country.

“Over the past couple of years, the number of Chinese visitors visiting the South Island has grown substantially. Over the past 12 months, there was a 72% increase in Chinese tourism expenditure in the South Island. That can only mean mutual economic benefit and we, for our part, are working hard to continue to deliver increasingly high levels of visitor satisfaction.”

New statistics released this morning reveal recent records set at Christchurch Airport.

“Our total passenger movements recorded the best December since 2009,” says Mr Johns. “December was also a record month for domestic passenger movements, better than any single month since March 2010. The week ending December 22 was the busiest we’ve had for total passenger movements since immediately after the major 2011 earthquake.

“All of this makes Christchurch an exciting and energising place to visit, work and play.”

Mr Johns says Christchurch Airport’s growth is spearheading tourism recovery in the South Island.

“Benefits go beyond just tourism, as many industry sectors benefit from improving volumes and increasing access to the island via the airport– airfreight users and the education sector, for example.

“The recent additional flights from Perth and Singapore, as well as Japan charters have added to increased volumes. Overall, aircraft are fuller than last year too, adding to the increase.

“Just this morning, we received preliminary passenger volumes showing Chinese nationals coming through the airport were the highest January numbers we’ve seen. Last month, 2,874 Chinese nationals arrived here internationally, with 4,599 Chinese international arrivals and departures through this airport. Of course, that excludes Chinese visitors who come through the airport on domestic flights.

“Though the exact timing of Chinese New Year changes from year to year, statistics show the number of Chinese travellers choosing to spend their special holiday in the South Island is definitely on the rise.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The
America’s Cup

The fact New Zealand now reigns supreme once again in the most sophisticated contest in the world’s most elite sport – yacht racing – can’t help but reflect the trajectory the country has been on since the 1980s...

Elite sport used to feel more like a collective, shared experience. It was our team, composed of people who lived and worked like us. Now, not so much. More>>

 

PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election