A plane was forced to cancel its landing at Wellington Airport and return to Auckland, as wind, rain and fog caused disruptions to flights across the country.
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A passenger told 1 NEWS that people were sick in the plane. Source: 1 NEWS
Several flights have been canceled in and out of Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, New Plymouth and other centers as heavy rain falls during school holidays on parts of the country.
In a press release, Air New Zealand said Wellington, New Plymouth and Nelson are currently the least affected ports, while Auckland, Whangārei, Kerikeri, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne and Timaru are also affected.
It is expected to cause ‘current when influencing the wider domestic network’.
Several regional turbo-prop services have been canceled or significantly delayed this morning due to the wild weather, with the disruption likely to affect the schedule for much of the day and up to and including Sunday.
Several travelers who spoke with 1 NEWS said they had tried to fly up to three or four times, only to get off planes.
People waiting today at Auckland Airport amid flight cancellations. Source: 1 NEWS
At least one flight was forced to abort the landing. Two passengers who were on the plane, which was forced to return to Auckland Airport after a canceled landing at Wellington Airport, told 1 NEWS about the narrow flight.
“We went in and it goes up and down and side to side and there are people sick in the back, so yeah, it was not good,” said one woman.
“We just touched, the wheel just hit the asphalt – we flew straight up,” added another. “Bit like a movie!”
One young traveler described the scene as “really windy and it was like turbulence and everyone crashed like over the huts”.
Air New Zealand said customers affected by the cancellations may be offered options for road transport. The airline will also add additional services to its schedule tomorrow.
“Jet services are currently working for the most part as usual with some delays in and out of Auckland.”
Customers who no longer have to travel automatically have the option to switch to another flight within 72 hours or keep their price value up to 12 months in credit for future travel, the airline said.