Christchurch International Airport

Christchurch Airport is the gateway to the South Island, with airline partners ensuring travellers can get anywhere in the world by leaving there on an international flight. The airport is a major driver of the South Island regional economy, and is one of the partners in the SOUTH initiative, which sees all 13 regional tourism organisations working collegially to promote the South Island.

More than 100 flights depart from Christchurch to Antarctica annually, and the airport hosts and works with New Zealand, American, Italian, Korean and German programmes which support world leading Antarctic science and environmental protection. The Antarctic programmes operate from a road just beyond the integrated terminal, while the nearby International Antarctic Centre is an award-winning visitor attraction which educates and entertains all ages about the icy continent.

· Over winter months, the airport welcomes NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy known as SOFIA, a Boeing 747SP aircraft modified to carry a 2.7m reflecting telescope, which allows astronomers to study the solar system.

Christchurch Airport has been named by travellers as one of the world’s best airports and is consistently rated by an independent international quarterly travellers’ survey as the best airport in Australia and New Zealand.

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