Christchurch Airport has experienced a revival five years after the earthquake that wreaked havoc on the region. Profits hit $20.6 million in the 2015 financial year, up 110 percent. Passenger spend rates at the airport have also had a bump and are up 4.2 percent, despite some niggly duty free changes. Retail spending is bound to increase further thanks to the recent addition of a new 6100 square metre retail precinct, which is so far home to a Countdown supermarket.
Despite Auckland Airport announcing it would drop duty free stores DFS and JR Duty Free, Christchurch Airport has announced it’s extending its partnership with the retailer until 2023. JR Duty Free has had a shop space at the airport since 2010.