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NZ$100m Tourism Boost in New Direct Flights from China

The South Island could get a NZ$100 million boost to its economy, with the announcement of direct, year round flights between Christchurch and China. China Southern Airlines will begin flying
31 Aug 2015 08:37
NZ$100m Tourism Boost in New Direct Flights from China
Aerial view of NZ South Island

The South Island could get a NZ$100 million boost to its economy, with the announcement of direct, year round flights between Christchurch and China.

China Southern Airlines will begin flying direct from Guangzhou to Christchurch from December.

Christchurch Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns said the new service was worth an estimated NZ$100 million in visitor spending for the whole economy.

He said Chinese travellers were very familiar with images of South Island scenery and were keen to come see it in person.

Mr Johns said the service was needed as Chinese passengers arriving at Christchurch Airport increased 59 per cent from December to February.

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