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Airport - International Gateway to Christchurch

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Welcome to the Airport field trip taking place 9-11 September 2014. This LEARNZ field trip is supported by Christchurch International Airport Limited. For similar topics go to the Field Trip Chooser.

Introduction

Christchurch International Airport is the gateway to Christchurch and the South Island. Up to six million passengers travel in and out of the airport each year. It is also the largest single centre of employment in the South Island. For three days you will have special security clearance to go 'airside' and find out what happens behind the scenes at New Zealand's second largest international airport.

Watch the Airport introductory video (51Mb mp4 file)

View the preview slideshow (PDF 1Mb) that gives students and teachers an overview of the field trip.

Location

Christchurch International Airport is located about 12 kilometres north west of the city centre. It is the South Island’s largest and busiest airport.

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Field Trip Plan

Monday 8 September Travel day. Join Andrew and the ambassadors as you make your way from the Far North to Christchurch. During the journey, Andrew will photograph and write about some of the interesting features of the trip. Read Andrew's diary and check out the ambassador's updates.

Tuesday 9 September

Arriving at Christchurch International Airport. Complete your arrival card as you arrive at Christchurch International Airport on a Boeing 777. Depart the aircraft and journey as an international traveller through the terminal. Experience customs and immigration. Find out how to manoeuvre one of these large aircraft into position by the air bridge. Learn what happens in the control tower. Follow the written questions from students as you play the recordings of today's audioconferences. Watch the videos for Tuesday and answer the questions. Read Andrew's diary to find out what happens when international travellers enter the Christchurch International Airport. See what the ambassadors learned from their day. View the panoramas for Tuesday.
Wednesday 10 September The airport terminal. Discover how the airport terminal and its large range of services supports travellers and is a crucial part of the customer experience. See how the terminal is operated in a sustainable way. Follow the written questions from students as you play the recordings of today's audioconferences. Watch the videos for Wednesday and answer the questions. Read Andrew's diary for a rundown of today's activities. See what the ambassadors thought about their day. View the panoramas for Wednesday.
Thursday 11 September The airport community. Explore how the airport is run like a small village and how its community supports travellers. Look at environmental management and emergency services. Find out how the airport has been designed to maximise its efficiency. Follow the written questions from students as you play the recordings of today's audioconferences. Watch the videos for Thursday and answer the questions. Read Andrew's diary about the visit to Airport Fire Services. See what the ambassadors have to say about their time on the field trip. View the panoramas for Thursday.

What's New

Tuesday 14 October Congratulations to Maria Connolly and class - winners of the field trip evaluation prize pack!
Tuesday 14 October Newsletter #5 has been sent.