Christchurch airport opens new terminal building

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New Zealand's Christchurch International Airport has opened its new terminal building.

The terminal and its associated works were built at a cost of New Zealand dollars (NZ$) 237 million ($200 million), says the airport. Construction began in July 2009 and was completed in March 2013.

The new building replaces the airport's old domestic terminal, as well as its international check-in and related baggage handling infrastructure. The building is integrated into the existing international building.

"Our old terminal opened in 1960 and was built to handle around 200,000 passengers. These days we handle that number of passengers every 13 days," says the airport's chief executive Jim Boult.

Figures found on its website show that New Zealand's second largest airport handled 5.48 million passengers in 2012.