It’s good news for travellers flying to and from Christchurch, with Singapore Airline’s introduction of an Airbus 350 to its fleet servicing the city.
The airline, which has had a presence in the city for more than 30 years, has been flying a 777 since 2002. The introduction of the Airbus 350 means South Island passengers will be able to choose Business or Premium Economy options for the first time, as well as Economy.
The A350-900 has higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body delivering more space and comfort and lighting designed to reduce jet lag.
“Anything that improves the visitor experience to our city is a good thing," - ChristchurchNZ Destination Marketing Manager Rowan Worner.
ChristchurchNZ Destination Marketing Manager Rowan Worner said the upgrade will be well received by travellers, many of whom are used to travelling on the latest aircraft.
“Anything that improves the visitor experience to our city is a good thing. Our visitor sector continues to grow strongly, with measures surpassing pre-earthquake levels.”
The region’s visitor sector has been undergoing a steady recovery which is led by international tourists and a broadening season.
Figures from ChristchurchNZ’s latest Christchurch and Canterbury Economic Report, for the March 2018 quarter, show Christchurch visitor arrivals numbered 58,256 in the month of March 2018 and were up 21 percent from March 2017.
The biggest changes in Christchurch visitor arrivals by country of residence between year-end March 2017 and 2018 were China, up 22 percent, and Canada, up 20 percent.
Domestic guest nights in Canterbury grew 21.8 percent in March 2018, compared to the same month the previous year. International guest nights in Canterbury grew 17.4 percent when comparing March 2017 to March 2018. Nationally, international guest nights were up 8.6 percent.
Total guest nights in Canterbury grew by 19.4 percent between March 2017 and March 2018, compared to an 8 percent increase nationally.
In Christchurch, specifically, guest nights have increased by 18.7 percent over the past year, reaching 328,334 in March 2018.