Christchurch International Airport annual result
Christchurch International Airport Ltd's annual result was announced at the company's AGM on Monday, with an after tax
net profit of $23.4 million, slightly down from $24.0 million in the previous year, and an operating revenue of $89.4
CIAL's outgoing chairman, Syd Bradley, said the company was pleased with the result following a tumultuous year in the
aviation industry, which saw the global aircraft shortage and escalation in the price of oil restrict airline and market
"This result represents a significant achievement in such an environment and reflects the company's strategy of
diversifying and growing our commercial business operations to alleviate the pressure caused by the fluctuating aviation
environment", he said.
Mr Bradley said that the airport company is entering a period of change as it focuses on development of its commercial
and property portfolios, while continuing to grow the aeronautical side of the business. "We have a number of
opportunities to grow our non-aeronautical revenue streams, which will mitigate the variable returns we receive from
aeronautical activity. These opportunities will future proof the business to ensure that a suitable financial return
continues to be provided to our shareholders, despite the increasingly volatile aviation environment in which we
operate", said Mr Bradley.
Operating performance (EBITDA) at $52.8 million was $5.5 million (+11.5%) over 2007, reflecting revenues from improved
aircraft and passenger departure charges, a favourable uplift in retail and car parking revenues, and improved
concession returns. However, these gains were partially offset by an increase in depreciation charges arising from the
revaluation of assets at 30 June 2007.
Mr Bradley noted that CIAL had continued to experience growth in passenger numbers throughout the year, resulting in a
7.7% increase in total passenger numbers over the previous year, at 5,905,211. "The entry of Pacific Blue into the
domestic market in November 2007 supplied a boost to tourism within New Zealand, resulting in a 9% increase in domestic
passengers. Additionally, CIAL experienced consistent, record growth in international passenger volumes throughout the
year, at 4.3% over 2007, providing a real boost to our position as New Zealand's tourism gateway," he said.
The AGM saw the appointment of David Mackenzie as chairman of CIAL following the retirement of Mr Bradley. A former
commercial law partner and chairman of one of New Zealand's major law firms, David Mackenzie is now an independent
consultant and company director.
Christchurch City Holdings Ltd (CCHL) chief executive Bob Lineham said CCHL was delighted to secure David Mackenzie for
this important role, leading CIAL through an important and challenging development phase with the building of the new
integrated terminal building and other developments at Christchurch Airport.
"David has excellent commercial and leadership skills and has substantial specialist experience and knowledge in the
aviation sector," Bob Lineham said. "Syd Bradley, the current chairman, has served the company well over a period of
nine years and will now step down from the position at the end of his third term," he said.
Copies of the CIAL annual report are available at christchurchairport.co.nz
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