Other major reasons to serve this airport
- Open Skies
- CHC is New Zealand’s tourism gateway. It is centrally located on the East Coast of the South Island which allows easy access to New Zealand’s stunning natural attractions and spectacular scenery: Whale Watching in Kaikoura, the glacier region of the West Coast, the areas of Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo and the Southern Lakes region.
- CHC is the second largest city and airport in New Zealand and the main gateway to New Zealand’s South Island. The airport is well served domestically but has much potential to accommodate more international carriers.
- CHC has completed an integrated brand new terminal which combines domestic and international check in counters, a large retail and food + beverage precinct, large departure and arrival lounges and swing gates, all with a unique South Island look and feel.
- CHC is curfew-free. It can operate 24/7 and has no slot restrictions.
Marketing and other support
- Freight forums: created to support new airline frequency.
- Marketing support with, not only the airlines themselves, but also through forming joint venture partnerships with key trade partners in relevant markets including New Zealand to support services in both directions.
- Supporting and hosting famils for trade or media to introduce them to the destination.
- PR support for inaugural flights or special anniversaries e.g. media, VIP passengers, special ambassadors.
- VIP Charter Programme
- Travel Agent Familiar Programme
- Christchurch: 0.5 million
- South Island: 1.0 million
- Greater catchment area: 1.4 million
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
- Second largest port of entry for export and import, largest in the South Island
- Major industry includes agricultural products, processed food and manufacturing
- FOB value in NZD is nearly 40% of all airports combined in 2012
- 17 minutes travel time to central business district
Infrastructure & Operations:
- Runways: Two runways with parallel full-length taxiways. Main: 3,288m length; Secondary: 1,741m length.
- Slot Coordinated: No
- Operating hours: No curfew
- Terminals: One integrated terminal combining domestic and international. Brand new integrated terminal officially opened on 18 April 2013.
- Min. connect time: One hour
Important infrastructure developments and/or other news
- USD$40 billion city development
- Leading regional economic and employment confidence
- Construction sector booming for rebuild
- Economic data: http://www.cdc.org.nz/economic-data/
- Passenger numbers: Approximately 5.5 million passengers in 2012: 1.4 million International/4.1 million Domestic;
- Purpose of visit: 53% holiday travellers, 31% visit friends, 8% business
- Freight: 27,000 tonnes in 2012 (international)
- Largest carrier: Air New Zealand