Christchurch Airport to See Return of China Southern Airlines

A China Southern Airlines Dreamliner at Christchurch Airport
Bernard Spragg. NZ from Christchurch, New Zealand, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Christchurch Airport has now confirmed the return of China Southern Airlines in October. This marks an exciting development for South Island tourism, with the airline offering a significantly increased service compared to last summer.

China’s largest carrier will be operating five direct flights per week between Christchurch Airport and Guangzhou for a five-month period starting in late October.

This represents a substantial 52% capacity increase, reflecting the growing demand for travel between China and New Zealand’s South Island.

Return of China Southern Airlines

Gordon Beavan, Christchurch Airport’s General Manager of Aeronautical Development, expressed his enthusiasm about the renewed partnership with China Southern Airlines.

“We are committed to working closely with China Southern to provide a seamless travel experience for their passengers,” Beavan said.

A China Southern Boeing 787 parks at Auckland Airport
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“We understand the appeal of the South Island for Chinese travelers, particularly those seeking high-end experiences. This expanded service will cater to this growing interest and allow visitors to explore all that our region has to offer.”

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was recently signed between Christchurch Airport and China Southern Airlines. This agreement outlined shared goals for promoting the South Island during shoulder seasons.

The initiative aligns with the increasing popularity of winter sports among Chinese tourists, and the MOU aims to establish Christchurch as a premier ski destination.

“Our ultimate vision is for China Southern to offer year-round service to Christchurch,” Beavan concluded.

“The MOU also explores opportunities for growth in education, food safety, and high-value cargo transportation, further solidifying the strong partnership between Christchurch and China.”

View of Southern_Alps_from_Christchurch_Airport
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Christchurch Airport: Gateway to New Zealand’s South Island

Christchurch Airport (CHC) serves as the international gateway to New Zealand’s South Island, a region renowned for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and exciting adventure activities.

Located just outside Christchurch city center, the airport offers a convenient and modern travel hub for domestic and international flights.

Passengers arriving at Christchurch Airport can expect a smooth and efficient experience. The terminal boasts a range of amenities, including duty-free shopping, restaurants, cafes, and currency exchange services.

Additionally, the airport provides excellent connections to onward travel options like car rentals, taxis, and public transportation.

Aerial view of Christchurch Airport.
Photo Credit: Tim Ward/Airport Fire Service via Christchurch Airport Twitter X

Beyond its role as a transportation hub, Christchurch Airport plays a vital role in the South Island’s economy.

The airport serves as a catalyst for tourism, attracting visitors from around the world. Popular with visitors are the region’s diverse landscapes, from snow-capped mountains and glaciers to vibrant cities and rolling vineyards.

It also facilitates crucial cargo services, supporting local businesses and fostering international trade links.

China Southern Airlines: Major Player in Chinese Aviation

China Southern Airlines, a leading carrier based in Guangzhou, China, is one of the country’s three largest airlines alongside Air China and China Eastern Airlines.

Boasting a vast network, China Southern operates flights to over 190 destinations across China, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and North America.

The airline prides itself on a modern fleet exceeding 600 aircraft, including industry-leading models like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380.

With a commitment to continuous improvement, China Southern strives to provide a comfortable and convenient travel experience for passengers worldwide.

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