Low cloud over capital causes flight cancellations and delays
April 3, 2017
Domestic flights departing from Wellington International Airport were delayed and cancelled on March 28, after dense fog and low cloud moved in over the city.
Weather in the capital was fine throughout the morning but conditions changed significantly after midday and by 5pm the majority of domestic flights had been delayed between 10 minutes and two hours.
Flights to Taupo and Westport were delayed indefinitely, while flight NZ5373 to Christchurch was cancelled entirely.
Airport help desks were inundated with concerned travellers.
One Christchurch passenger said she should have moved quicker to secure a place on the next flight.
She said she missed the cancellation announcement because she was getting dinner and by the time she was notified, the first two available flights had already been filled.
The woman said she didn’t need to be home in Christchurch urgently but the situation was inconvenient.
Air New Zealand employee Linda Fauling said the low cloud had little to do with the delays and insisted they were nothing out of the ordinary.
She said only one flight to Christchurch had been affected by the weather andAir New Zealand “moved all people off that flight”.
However, another Air New Zealand staff member reported the low cloud was indeed a factor. She said many flights had been delayed throughout the afternoon due to the weather.