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New Christchurch Airport Hotel on Cards as Passenger Numbers Grow

The Christchurch Airport is investigating the development of additional airport accommodation to complement their newly upgraded Sudima Hotel. Record growth in international airline seats, increasing passenger numbers and a strong outlook for tourism growth are all signalling the need for a second hotel.

Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island and the airport is looking at receiving 6.3 million passengers this year with more growth forecast. However, the city can provide just 2200 hotel rooms at the moment, almost half what it was before the quakes.

Chief Commercial Officer – Property and Commercial, Blair Forgie, says they'll begin a feasibility study to explore the potential for a quality airport hotel near the terminal.

"Our aeronautical growth, including 770,000 more seats added by new and existing airline customers over two years, has led us to think about additional short stay hotel accommodation,” he says.

Mr Forgie says the proposed hotel is likely to be 200 to 300 rooms and will be built in two stages. The first stage is targeted to open in 2017/18.

“We have strong growth from existing carriers and two new Asian airlines flying here from this summer. Those Asian flights land here in the evening and we have increasing numbers of Australian visitors arriving at night – both groups expect choice in hotel accommodation," Mr Forgie says.

The other major New Zealand Airports at Auckland and Wellington are also committed to supplying further airport accommodation.

If you are looking for quality Christchurch accommodation within easy reach of both the central city and the airport, take a look at what we offer at the Westside Motor Lodge. Our comfortable, well-appointed rooms are in an ideal location and you'll appreciate our superb, friendly service.

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