Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is 12 kilometres northwest of the city centre and was originally opened in 1953. The airport has connections to all cities in New Zealand, most major cities in Oceania and a few other international destinations.
For more information about other airports throughout the world, also see the list of airports.
Getting there and away
- Bus: three bus routes service the airport. Number 3 to Sumner via the city, Avonhead and Riccarton, number 10 via Merivale and number 29 via Fendalton. All buses arrive and depart from international coach park, at the end of the International Arrivals Hall.
- Taxis and rental cars are widely available.
Airlines and Terminals
There is a domestic terminal and an international terminal. For more information about airlines also visit the list of airlines and the details about flying with budget airlines.
- Air New Zealand - Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Rarotonga, Nadi
- Fiji Airways - Nadi
- Emirates - Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Dubai, Sydney
- Jetstar Airways - Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney
- Qantas Airways - Sydney
- Singapore Airlines - Singapore
- Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue - Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
- Air Chathams - Chatham Islands
- Air New Zealand - Auckland, Dunedin, Queenstown, Wellington
- Air New Zealand operated by Air National - Blenheim, Hokitika
- Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson - Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth, Invercargill, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North
- Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways - Blenheim, Hokitika, Nelson, Wanaka, Westport
- Air New Zealand Link operated by Mount Cook Airline - Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington
- Jetstar Airways - Auckland, Queenstown, Wellington
- Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue - Auckland, Wellington