China Southern's anniversary

China Southern's anniversary

It’s the second anniversary of the South Island’s first direct service to mainland China with China Southern, and the route is becoming gaining traction.


Justin Watson, Christchurch Airport chief aeronautical and commercial officer, says the 787 Dreamliner service is proving very popular with both Chinese visitors and South Island residents.


‘In its first two years, the direct flight has carried more than 120,000 passengers between the two cities. This includes more than 30,000 Chinese visitors, each of whom spent on average $3000 dollars during their stay,’ he says. 


‘In addition, China Southern’s strong network and connections to Asia and Europe makes the “Canton route” service highly appealing, with more than a third of passengers originating from outside of China.’


China Southern Airlines began flying direct between Christchurch and Guangzhou mid-December 2015 and has increased to flying five days a week, increasing to seven days over Chinese New Year holiday period.