The South Island of New Zealand is set to welcome more Chinese visitors following the announcement of an increase in services between Guangzhou and Christchurch.
China Southern Airlines will mount additional direct services to Christchurch over the Southern Hemisphere summer season; the existing three weekly flights will rise to five per week from 12 December, before going daily between 15 January and 17 February 2017.
“The regions of the South Island have been flying in formation in the China market for the past two years, working together to achieve the commencement of the direct service last December,” said Christchurch Airport’s chief aeronautical and commercial officer, Justin Watson.
“These extra flights are a response to the awesome effort by the regional tourism organisations and businesses of the South Island, which are punching above their weight in their efforts to be great hosts to increasing numbers of Chinese visitors.
“The increased flights are a result of strong demand from Chinese visitors who can’t get enough of South Island scenery and hospitality,” he added.
The extra flights have been announced a few days ahead of the first anniversary of China Southern’s direct service to Christchurch. The airline, which is the only mainland Chinese carrier flying to Christchurch, deploys its modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on the route.