Singapore Airlines adds extra summer services to Christchurch

8 November 2013

Christchurch Airport and Singapore Airlines have today agreed to add 18 additional flights to Christchurch over the December 2014 – February 2015 summer season.

This follows an extra 10 Singapore Airlines flights having been added to this summer’s schedule, all to cater for the strong demand for travel to the South Island over the busy summer holidays.

Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult says this early commitment from such a prestigious global airline is a vote of confidence in Christchurch and the South Island’s tourism offering for visitors globally.

“The new services will add more than 9,760 additional seats in the 2014/15 summer and are timed to bring additional guests here for the Cricket World Cup and Chinese New Year celebrations,” says Mr Boult.

“Additional air services also create opportunities for South Island business, on the back of the city’s rebuild and upcoming new facilities, so this announcement is undoubtedly a win for everyone.”

Edwin Chiang, Singapore Airline’s General Manager New Zealand, says the extra services underline the 27-year relationship between Singapore Airlines and Christchurch Airport.

“We’ve been committed to this market and the New Zealand tourism industry for a long time and it’s great to see the resurgence in visitors post-earthquakes,” says Mr Chiang. “The demand for summer seats to Christchurch and the South Island is high, thanks to renewed growth in the tourism industry. We’re an active partner in Christchurch's tourism industry and know the demand for seats here is supporting the recovery of an iconic tourism destination.”