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Christchurch International Airport passenger numbers in New Zealand 2014-2019

Passenger numbers at New Zealand’s Christchurch Airport have seen steady year on year growth from 2014 onwards. In 2019, a total of 6.93 million passengers passed through the airport, an increase of around 1.2 million from 2014. This equates to approximately 577 thousand passengers on average, per month.

Regional comparison and customs processing

  Sydney Airport in Australia saw notably more passengers than Christchurch Airport; in January 2020 alone, over 1.65 million international passengers passed through the airport. Looking back over 2019, Sydney Airport’s average passenger numbers remained between 1.3 million and 1.4 million, with the exception of during peak seasonal travel months (for example, 1.46 million passengers passed through the airport in July and 1.6 in December). The New Zealand customs service processes most commercial air passengers arriving into the country within 45 minutes of landing. In 2018, 95.9 percent of passengers were processed within this time frame. Historically, the customs service has reached similar levels every year since 2014.

Airlines in the New Zealand and Australia region

  New Zealand’s flag carrier Air New Zealand ranked fourth in a 2019 survey about international airline customer satisfaction, with 84 percent of survey respondents saying they were satisfied with the experiences they had had with the airline. By comparison, Australia’s flag carrier Qantas ranked just below Air New Zealand with 80 percent of survey respondents saying they were satisfied.

Total passenger numbers at Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand from financial year 2014 to 2019

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Release date

December 2019


New Zealand

Survey time period

financial years 2014 to 2019

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