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Christchurch International Airport Code CHC

Airport Codes


Airport coordinates

LAT / LON -43°-29'-21"S / 172°31'55"E


Weather Observations

Station ID: NZCH
Observation Time: 20/04/2021 11:07 pm

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About Christchurch International Airport Code

Christchurch International Airport Code is CHC. This three-letter IATA code is derived from Christchurch city in New Zealand. Christchurch Airport (CHC) serves this majestic city located in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island about 12 kilometers from the city center. Its elevation is 37 meters above sea level. 

About Christchurch Airport (CHC)

Christchurch Airport (CHC) is one of the main airports in New Zealand that serves Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 aircraft. It is serviced by two asphalt runways that are perpendicular to each other. They are known as 02/20 and 11/29. There is a third grass runaway as well, which is used for general aviation. 

Christchurch Airport (CHC) Terminals

Christchurch Airport (CHC) hosts just one terminal that offers services to both domestic as well as international operations. Check-in halls for both operations are the same. There are 58 check-in desks, self-service check-in kiosks, and a retail area for several outlets and lounges in the terminal building.

Equipped with 33 gates in the building, this facility covers an area of more than 77,591 meters square. 

Nearest Airports to Christchurch Airport (CHC)

Timaru Airport : 138 km 

Kaikoura Airport : 151 km 

Hokitika Airport : 152 km 

Westport Airport : 209 km 

Blenheim Airport : 245 km 

Major Airlines Operating from Christchurch Airport (CHC)

Air Chathams

Air New Zealand 

Cathay Pacific 

China Southern Airlines 


Fiji Airways 

Jetstar Airways 


Singapore Airlines 

Sounds Air

Virgin Australia

Runway Data

Name Length Width Surface Lighted
01-19 1,690 ft 229 ft Grass or earth not graded or rolled No
02-20 10,787 ft 148 ft Asphalt Yes
11-29 5,587 ft 148 ft Bitumenous asphalt or tarmac Yes

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I reach the airport to board a flight on time?
    You should reach 90 minutes in advance before the departure of your domestic flight and 3 hours before the departure of an international flight.
  • Yes. You can use the free Wi-Fi facility at the airport.
  • The airport features luxury lounges, duty-free shops, ATMs, onsite parking, multi-cuisine restaurants, and currency exchange counters among other facilities.
  • You must check with the Materials Management Department as all unclaimed properties found at the airport and its vicinity are deposited here.
  • Yes. You need to carry a copy of your boarding ticket along with a government-issued picture ID.
  • Yes. The airport has a 24*7 medical center helmed by well-trained doctors and paramedics. In the event of a medical emergency, ambulances are also provided.
  • Kindly get in touch with your respective airline.
  • Kindly refer to your respective airline’s guidelines should you wish to carry medicines on board. It is advised that you carry your doctor’s prescription as well.
  • For the safety of our passengers, we request them to not handle any unattended items. They are advised to inform about the same to the airport staff or security personnel.

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