CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT HOTEL DELAYED AGAIN

Artist's impression of Novotel Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport’s accompanying 200-room hotel has been delayed again, now aiming to open “at the end of the year”.

Novotel Christchurch Airport was originally slated to open in December 2017, but incorrectly supplied steel delayed the project until February 2018.

Now issues with mouldy bathrooms and a series of designs flaws have further delayed the opening until the end of 2018.

Designed as a direct response to increasing passenger numbers; the mid-scale four-star hotel is located outside the international and domestic terminals of the Christchurch Airport. The 200-room hotel was initially an $80m investment, but costs have risen with the delays.

Construction issues first began last year when the steel used was found to be below requirements for use. Most recently bathroom pod facilities were found to have an extensive mould problem and had to be replaced.

In 2016, plans revealing the hotel were met with backlash by some city developers and business people who believed it would damage and slow the inner city’s regeneration process. Some of the site’s hospitality staff have been hired for over a year, but with no opening within sight yet it is sceptical whether they’ll be patient enough to wait for the launch.