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Christchurch Airport

  • PAX: 6,930,000
  • IATA: CHC
  • ICAO: NZCH

About The Airport

Christchurch Airport has been dubbed by some the world’s biggest small airport, because it is so much more than ‘just’ another leisure airport and is surprisingly well connected.

Acknowledged as New Zealand’s Tourism Gateway, Christchurch Airport is a major hub, the busiest and most strategic connection for the South Island to the world’s trade and tourism markets, as well as all regions of New Zealand. This is the closest airport to Antarctica too, so home to several international programmes.

Our airline partners offer direct services to five major gateways in Australia, major global hubs in Singapore, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and the Pacific Islands, for onward connections to Asia, Europe and North American. That’s not just for passengers – this airport is a net exporter of high yielding goods the world is literally eating up.

Flying direct into Christchurch is the easiest way to see the best of the South Island. Visitors tell us approaching Christchurch by air is where the magic begins, flying in the over the glorious Southern Alps, vast green Canterbury Plains and turquoise braided rivers, under big blue skies.   Arriving here is all about access to high end leisure, spectacular scenery, exciting summer and winter experiences, many world-renowned tourist attractions and famed hospitality.

Facts and Figures

  • Number of Serving Airlines: 12 partner airlines
  • Number of Direct Destinations: 25 destinations
  • Number of Runways: 2
  • Length of Main Runway (m): 3,287m × 45m
  • Passenger Numbers (mppa): 6.93 million passengers in FY2019
  • Operational Opening Hours: Christchurch Airport is a non-curfewed airport
  • Aircraft Parking Stands: Layout of airport parking stands up to code E aircraft