Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) has successfully
secured the New Zealand base of operations for Pacific Blue’s domestic
airline operation. CIAL’s Chief Executive, Rene Bakx, said the decision
to base the domestic operation in Christchurch was positive for the South Island
tourism industry as well as the local economy.
“Building domestic tourism alongside our international services is essential to the development of business in the South Island and in the region. The location of this value based operation by Pacific Blue at Christchurch will provide ongoing economic benefit of great value to the South Island and to the city of Christchurch,” said Mr Bakx.
The airline will initially operate at least five daily services from Christchurch with the intention of more services in time. Domestic services will commence in early Nov-07. Pacific Blue’s head office and international operations have been based in Christchurch since the airline launched its Tasman services in Jan-04.
Christchurch International Airport welcomed 5.5 million passengers in 2006/2007, ranking as New Zealand’s second largest airport. The airport plays an important role as the South Island’s major domestic hub servicing all New Zealanders, enabling passengers to connect to a full spectrum of destinations throughout New Zealand. Christchurch International Airport is owned and operated by Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL). CIAL was established as a limited liability company in 1988, and ownership of CIAL is now shared by Christchurch City Holdings Limited with 75% and the New Zealand Government with 25%. The company’s vision is to excel in the delivery of airport services as the gateway for the best of the South Island.