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 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.