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Kia Ora. Noble Air Christchurch members fly online using VATSIM and or FSHOST with Team Speak. Noble Air Christchurch is based at Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand and as well as our NZ domestic routes, fly to international destinations in Oceania the Asian Pacific regions, Continental United States, Great Britain and destinations within Europe.

Facts & figures

As the gateway for Christchurch and the South Island, Christchurch International Airport is New Zealand’s second largest airport. 5,592,529 passengers travelled in and out of Christchurch International Airport from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011. This represented a decrease by approximately 405,000 (-6.7%) over the same period ending 31 December 2010, as a result of the 2010-2011 Christchurch Earthquakes.

Military

Since the closure of Wigram Air Force Base, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) always flies to Christchurch International Airport when required to visit the city. There are regular RNZAF flights between the main centres of New Zealand. Prior to the withdrawal of the air combat wing, the RNZAF fighter aircraft were also seen at the airport.

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 Navy, 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.

General aviation

There are several general aviation organisations operating from the airport. Garden City Helicopters operates from a base adjacent to the airport (ICAO: NZGI). It operates a medivac service using fixed-wing aircraft (NZ Flying Doctor Service) and also operates the rescue helicopter in Canterbury with a secondary helipad in Hagley Park adjacent to Christchurch Hospital (ICAO: NZJC). Christchurch Helicopters also operates from the western side of the airfield, next to the Canterbury Aero Club. Christchurch International Airport Limited maintains a grass runway parallel to the primary runway. Airwork operates regular charter flights from Christchurch to all parts of New Zealand and Australia.