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Christchurch International Airport is 10 minutes from Avon City Motel.

Christchurch International AirportChristchurch International Airport 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.

Christchurch Airport is currently undergoing an extensive expansion project. This began in 2006 when construction commenced on a new multi-storey car park building which opened early 2007. The new building provides 570 new covered car parks. Once it was complete, part of the existing car park area was closed to allow for the extra space required for the expanded footprint of the new terminal building. A new 45m tall control tower, positioned close to the new car park building, opened in September 2009.

In early 2009 work on the new terminal commenced. The new terminal will replace the existing ageing domestic terminal and expand the facilities of the much newer international terminal. The new building will include:
  • Christchurch Airporta combined check-in area servicing both domestic and international passengers,
  • a large landside retail and food precinct,
  • new domestic departure and arrival lounges with enhanced retail facilities,
  • new domestic and expanded international baggage claim areas,
  • new international customs arrivals area,
  • three swing-style boarding gates accessible from both the domestic and international departure areas so aircraft do not need to change gates,
  • a new taxiing lane incorporated into the domestic aircraft parking apron to allow for more efficient aircraft movements,
  • new coach and drop off facilities that eliminate the terminal frontage road in accordance with new international ICAO guidelines.

The old domestic terminal will be completely demolished to make way for the new terminal. All construction is expected to be completed by mid 2011, with some work such as demolition continuing until 2012