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Flights through Auckland Airport are currently suspended due to high winds.
Ground handling operations have needed to pause due to wind speed on the airfield, and the need to protect the safety of airport workers, the airport said.
Air New Zealand said all its domestic flights in and out of Auckland have been cancelled for the remainder of today. This is expected to affect around 55 flights.
Air New Zealand chief operational integrity and safety officer Captain David Morgan says the strength and direction of winds at Auckland Airport are making it challenging to service aircraft, and it would be unsafe for our people to continue to operate.
International flights are still operating ‘‘at this stage,’’ he said.
‘’These are able to operate because the international terminal is more sheltered from winds, however, the airline will be monitoring wind gusts closely and will reassess if conditions change.With forecast strong winds for the remainder of the day, customers are warned to expect ongoing disruption and delays.’’
Air New Zealand started – then paused – jet services through Auckland Airport today and says 35,000 passengers have had flights disrupted in the past three days. Some face weeks to get new bookings.
Although Air New Zealand plans to resume scheduled services from tomorrow, there will be challenges.
“Today’s disruptions mean tomorrow will begin without all aircraft and crew in the locations required. We can also expect ongoing weather challenges, so we’re asking customers to please bear with us -our people are doing everything they can,” said Morgan.
Despite months of chaos, complaints and flight cancellations, Qantas and Virgin have been quietly almost doubling fares on some domestic routes and bumping up others significantly.
Market analysis by travel search engine Kayak has compared domestic airfares from all carriers in July with those of May, finding an average price of $409 which is an increase of 24 per cent.
Some routes have seen an increase of as much as 85 to 96 per cent.
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The most expensive domestic route is Gold Coast to Melbourne, with tickets becoming 96 per cent more expensive in two months.
Travellers heading from the Gold Coast to Sydney copped a 91 per cent increase, with a 90 per cent increase on Cairns to Brisbane fares, an 87 per cent increase on Adelaide to Melbourne fares, and an 85 per cent increase on Darwin to Sydney fares.
The analysis looked at round-trip economy flights, and used searches made on the Kayak website engaging hundreds of travel websites in the company’s global portfolio of brands including SWOODOO, checkfelix, momondo, Cheapflights, Mundi and HotelsCombined.
The fare increases had been expected, with Qantas and Virgin Australia last month saying they would pass on the cost of elevated oil prices to travellers to help the company recover from the loss.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said at the time that the company fuel bill would be $1.8 billion more than it was pre-pandemic.
“Qantas will respond to the high fuel prices by reducing capacity over July and August 2022 and increasing fares,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission wrote in its June airline competition report.