Air New Zealand halts flights again at Auckland Airport due to ‘strong gusts’

Air New Zealand has been forced to halt flights at Auckland Airport shortly after they restarted, as challenging weather conditions from Cyclone Gabrielle continue.

Domestic and international jet operations resumed from mid-morning after most flights were cancelled on Monday.

However, shortly after 1pm Air New Zealand issued a statement saying they had temporarily paused flights due to strong gusts at Auckland Airport.

Jetstar cancelled two return services on Tuesday morning but was operating as normal in the afternoon, with flights from Auckland to Christchurch and Wellington open for check in, while all Air New Zealand flights were displayed as cancelled.

A Stuff reporter at Auckland Airport said shortly after midday, an announcement was made that services had been delayed. Boarding for a flight to Dunedin was halted, with passengers made to return to the terminal.

Air New Zealand stored some of their turboprops ahead of the storm.

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Air New Zealand stored some of their turboprops ahead of the storm.

Air New Zealand said it intended to resume turboprop operations in and out of Auckland from mid-afternoon, but high winds may inhibit this.

Flights in and out of New Plymouth, Napier and Gisborne remained suspended due to airport closures and poor weather conditions.

The airline said a total of 592 flights had been impacted due to the cyclone, with around 35,000 customers disrupted across the network.

Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty said they had added 11 flights to the domestic schedule to help with recovery efforts, with more to come.

Around 1500 international customers still had to be rebooked.

“Flights are very full but we’re working as fast as we can to rebook these remaining customers into the next available seats, and we’ve been in touch with them to let them know we’re pulling out all the stops to get people flying again,” Geraghty said.

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UPDATED: Air New Zealand restarts flights but conditions remain difficult

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Update on Auckland flights

Further to the airline’s update at 1pm today, Air New Zealand has issued an advisory that all domestic flights in and out of Auckland have been cancelled for the remainder of today (14 February). 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 in these conditions.

International flights are still operating at this stage. 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.

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.”

Customers are advised to change their flight or put it into credit via the Air New Zealand app.

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Air New Zealand said today (14 February) that it is adding extra flights to get customers where they need to be as flights resume across its North Island network. Challenging winds at airports remain. Domestic and international jet operations started from mid-morning today but have been temporarily paused due to strong gusts at Auckland Airport.

Air New Zealand intends to resume turboprop operations from mid-afternoon today, however high winds may inhibit this, and the airline will

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