A 12-month flight path trial will begin on 9 November 2017 for some arrivals into Christchurch Airport, developed in conjunction with Airways New Zealand, Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ), and Christchurch Airport.

The approaches are using satellite-based navigation to improve safety, reduce flight time, burn less fuel, emit less carbon dioxide and fly more quietly.

The trial approaches are part of the New Southern Sky programme.

 

Trial timeline

The trial is scheduled to commence on 9 November 2017 and continue for 12 months. Approximately a quarter of flights arriving into Christchurch will be involved in the trial.

Following the first six months of the trial, results and feedback will be reviewed and modifications can be made to the trial flight paths, should that be considered appropriate.

Approximately a quarter of flights arriving into Christchurch will be involved in the trial.