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Urban Pantry at Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport’s major terminal upgrade

Airport gets ready for a busy summer with increased airline capacity.

Christchurch Airport’s unveiled plans for a revamp of its terminal offering with the new facilities expected to be ready for a busy summer of international visitors. The project will deliver 12 new eateries, new retail spaces, upgraded bathrooms, a new parent’s room, a remodelled food court and a large children’s play area. Airport chief executive Justin Watson says it’s the first major upgrade since the terminal opened in 2013. “This major project will take a great terminal and make it even greater.

Fush and Tatou at Christchurch Airport
Fush and Tatou at Christchurch Airport. (Render)

It’ll modernise our food and beverage offering with a distinctly Kiwi flavour and provide much needed entertainment.” Justin added that the upgrade should be completed by December with predictions that visitor numbers will be even higher than last summer. “Qantas, China Southern, Cathay Pacific, Fiji Airways and United Airlines have already confirmed they will all be back flying summer services to the city and they’re growing their capacity. For example, Qantas will have an extra 175,000 seats and China Southern is boosting its capacity by 20,000 seats. Last summer season (from November to March) we had 2.7 million passenger movements at Christchurch Airport. We’re on track to top that next summer season and it’s awesome to know the terminal will be refreshed and ready to welcome our visitors with some of our best manaakitanga and offerings yet,” said Justin.

Justin Watson. CEO, Christchurch Airport
Justin Watson. CEO, Christchurch Airport

Digitisation will feature in the project with more self-service kiosks and interactive screens to help future proof the airport and further improve efficiency for all visitors to the terminal.

Portal Bar and Eatery at Christchurch Airport
Portal Bar and Eatery at Christchurch Airport. (Render)

Two of the new eateries, Fush and Tātou, will be operated by Ōtautahi entrepreneurs Anton and Jess Matthews and Māia Gooday who are known for their work in the community and championing te reo – along with exceptional hospitality experiences. Christchurch businesspeople Shawn Kim and Yong Song, who already own Sushi Platter in the terminal will deliver three new outlets in the food court. SSP will operate seven outlets. There’ll be an impressive and inviting bar and restaurant named Portal at the top of the escalator where Number 8 café is now, a new café Fern and Co beside the entry to aviation security and a new café Urban Pantry in the regional departure lounge which includes a range of ‘grab and go’ options. They’ll also have an all-day café called Discovered in international arrivals.

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