Christchurch Earthquake - showing our support
Read how Flight Centre are showing support for Christchurch
We opened our first Flight Centre store in New Zealand in 1987 in Christchurch – the city means a lot to us – both the people and its history.
Our stores and our people have been affected but we’re proud to guarantee all our Christchurch employees will remain within our business. We have gone from 17 to 7 stores in Christchurch, however we’re thrilled that no Flight Centre employee will lose their job because of the earthquake. As New Zealand’s largest travel retailer, we’re able to accommodation all employees to ensure they remain with our business.
We’ve donated $1 million dollars through the Red Cross to the people of Christchurch and we’ve set up a staff fund that we’ve guaranteed will reach a minimum $100,000. We’re committed to Christchurch and its people.Showing our Support
Flighties throughout New Zealand and Australia have been busy coming up with ways to help. Read how Flighties are doing their bit for Christchurch.Flight Centre’s wholesale division, Infinity Holidays
Sunday was definitely baking day as we had many colourful cup cakes, muffins, cakes, and biscuits (some in the shape of NZ), turn up on Monday morning.There were even little red men cookies, that would have been "red and black" men if there was any black food colouring to be found, so I'm told.
Other departments also chipped in and brought along baking to sell, so we had overflowing tables of goodies to sell. The kitchen was buzzing all morning with donations from all the departments housed in Vincent street, and at lunch time I also took a selection around on the trolley to the different levels, for those who were stuck at their desks. All in all we raised $633.20 for our staff appeal and this was matched dollar-for-dollar by the company to help our colleagues down in Christchurch.
We talk to the Christchurch stores on a daily basis and were happy we could do something to help them and their families get through this. One of my team members was on a call to one of their shops at the time of the quake and heard it all through the phone - We just wanted to do something to help.Julia Hindman, Infinity Holidays
Australian messages of supportGraham Turner, Managing Director, Flight Centre Limited "Hi Guys On behalf the entire FC management team, please accept our gratitude for your ongoing passion, commitment and drive to continue to make Flight Centre one of the most extraordinary places to work. To display this commitment in the face of such great adversity is incredible and speaks volumes to your personal strength and the power of the Kiwi culture. We are with you side by side and will do all we can to help each of you.”
Emma, Flight Centre, Mordialloc"Thoughts and prayers to our fellow flighties in Christchurch. We are all thinking of you. Keep strong and keep fighting. Australia loves you xox"
Toni, Escape Travel Neutral Bay"Hey to my fellow Kiwis - we are a small country and feel each other’s pain - I have cried for you all. I am sending love and support and doing what I can from here and when home in April. Take care of yourselves and each other. Arohanui & Kia Kaha Christchurch”
Caroline, FC Nambour“I cannot begin to comprehend what you folks are going through over there. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers over here and with every day that goes by you somehow gain a little more hope and spirit to go on and rebuild both your homes, your businesses and your lives after this terrible tragedy. Stay strong.” xx
Karen, Leadership Training"Each and every one of you are an inspiration to us all and we are sending our Angels to take care of you all during this time. Take care of each other and know that we are only across the ditch for anything we may be able to assist with and know that we are here for you 100% whatever it takes."