The information below on Christchurch Airport is sourced from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christchurch_International_Airport):
Christchurch International Airport (IATA code CHC) is the main airport that serves Christchurch, New Zealand. It is located 12 kilometres to the northwest of the city centre, in the suburb of Harewood, and was opened in 1953.
The primary runway is oriented near perpendicular to Canterbury's Nor'wester foehn wind. For this reason, the secondary runway is a cross-runway (at a right angle to the primary runway), and is used during Nor'westers by all aircraft up to and including Boeing 777s; United States Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs have also been known to use this runway in extreme conditions.
Due to increasing passenger numbers, the airport has begun construction on a new Domestic terminal upgrade costing over $200 million. The new construction is scheduled for completion in 2011, with some work such as demolition continuing until 2012.
With the development of Antarctic scientific expeditions, since the 1950s Christchurch Airport has been the base for all Antarctic flights operated by the United States Air Force, Air National Guard and Royal New Zealand Air Force as part of Operation Deep Freeze. During the Antarctic flying season (which generally operates from August to February), C-17 Globemaster III, C-130 Hercules and LC-130 Hercules aircraft are often seen on the Antarctic Apron north of the main passenger terminals. C-5 Galaxy aircraft also make the occasional appearance.
Airlines using Christchurch International Airport include:
- Air Chathams
- Air New Zealand
- Air Nelson
- Eagle Airways
- Mount Cook Airline
- Air Pacific
- Emirates Airline
- Jetstar Airways
- Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue
- Singapore Airlines
Video: A look around Christchurch Airport
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