Chinese New Year Christchurch Charters
Three charter flights on China Southern Airlines’ Dreamliner will be landing in Christchurch direct from Guangzhou over Chinese New Year.
While there is currently no scheduled direct service between Christchurch and Guangzhou, Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) reports the New Zealand China Trade Association predicts Southern Airlines are likely to start a daily service in the next one to two years. China Southern Airlines currently operates direct flights from Guangzhou to Auckland.
CIAL Chief Executive Malcolm Johns says visitors who enjoyed last year’s inaugural China Southern charter flights have encouraged others to travel here this year.
“Just as last year’s visitors did, the visitors from Guangzhou will land in Christchurch, then travel around the South Island to enjoy the experiences they have heard so much about,” he says.
“Latest figures from Statistics NZ show Christchurch Airport has seen a more than 50% increase in the number of Chinese passengers in the 12 months to November 2014, compared to the previous year. That highlights the fascination Chinese travellers have for the South Island.”