Christchurch Airport unveils new long term proposal for sustainable airport construction

    Christchurch International Airport outlined (22-Jul-2020) plans to commence discussions on the potential building of a sustainable airport on 750 hectares it has secured near Tarras. Christchurch Airport CEO Malcolm Johns says the concept would deliver widespread social and economic benefits to regions across the South Island, and will be built in modules to meet future demand. Mr Johns said the airport’s top priority is “a conversation with the people who live closest to the site” with the initial concept to be a 2200m jet capable runway, and by designing the airport “from scratch would enable us to design and build one of the world’s most sustainable airports”. Mr Johns said NZD45 million (USD30 million) has been spent on the project, with the airport taking a “long term approach and match our pace to both the growth in aviation and the needs of these communities and regions”.