$237 million facility up and running
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key was on hand on April 17th to officially unveil Christchurch Airport’s new terminal building, the first since 1960. The NZ$237 million facility ends over five years of upheaval on the site which has seen the airport continue to operate as normal despite ongoing construction work and the disruption caused by the 2011 earthquakes that struck the South Island.
“During the construction of this terminal, roughly 44 million visitors have walked through the terminal and almost 300,000 commercial flights operated through here… in spite of the 11,000 earthquakes during construction, snow storms, volcanic ash clouds and other unforeseen events, we completed this project on the budget set in 2009,” said airport CEO Jim Boult.
Remarkably, the original terminal building was built to host annual passenger turnover of 200,000 but it continued to operate successfully as numbers rose to over 6 million by 2010. Now New Zealand’s second largest airport has an ecologically efficient complex with a carbon-zero accreditation to be proud of.
Passengers are already singing its praises and Airport Quality Surveys throughout its development have pronounced it a credit to the industry. Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand have begun to take advantage of the new terminal, each announcing new direct services to Perth, Australia from Christchurch.
For further information, visit the airport’s website.