“Recovery may take several days”: Travel chaos continues around NZ

“Recovery may take several days”: Travel chaos continues around NZ

It could take “several days” to rectify the massive disruption of flights over New Zealand on Thursday, an Air New Zealand spokesman said.

All flights in and out of Wellington were canceled until further notice on Thursday due to strong winds throughout the city.

A spokesman for the airport said that “strong winds make it unsafe for baggage handlers to operate”.

“Passengers are advised to check directly with their airlines for further information,” the spokesman said.

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Air NZ said at least 130 flights were canceled today due to bad weather, and “further cancellations are expected tonight and tomorrow”.

“Due to rolling disruptions, recovery may take several days and the airline is working through potential alternative transportation options for customers,” said a spokesman for the national carrier.

Air NZ CEO Greg Foran said the team encourages non-emergency travelers to increase the price of credit.

“I want to thank the customers for their patience,” Foran said.

There is chaos at Wellington Airport due to extensive cancellations of flights.

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There is chaos at Wellington Airport due to extensive cancellations of flights.

“We know how frustrating cancellations, disruptions and delays are for travel plans, and the Air New Zealand team works around the clock to help our customers.”

ONE Thing A reporter at Wellington Airport said “around 100 passengers” were queued at Air NZ check-in counters after the flight cancellation.

MetService has issued a heavy rain warning for the capital until 6 pm on Thursday.

A Jetstar plane from Queenstown tried to land in Wellington around noon, but failed.

Air tracking sites showed that it redirected to Auckland.

An Air NZ plane from Brisbane also tried to land in the middle of the wind at 14.30.

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Strong winds are expected up the east coast of both islands, while it is likely that there will be a lot of snow in parts of Canterbury, Remutaka Rd and Desert Rd.

The flight was the most tracked in the world on Thursday afternoon, with more than 1400 people glued to the runway.

The plane appeared to have changed course to Christchurch.

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In Wellington on Thursday, Dayna Giles eagerly awaited the next available Air New Zealand flight so that her 7-year-old son, who flew as a lone minor, could arrive from Hamilton.

“It is challenging when the planes are canceled because I work, and it is impractical to plan around his plane coming in. He is only 7 and his aunt and uncle with whom he lives have a job and a life too, she said.

“I do not want to put them out of the way. The plan is that if the planes remain canceled, I will drive to Hamilton and pick him up. “

A teenager who was on the Jetstar flight from Queenstown to Wellington, which was diverted to Auckland, said the plane crash was “panic-inducing”.

All flights in and out of Wellington were stopped on Thursday due to strong winds.

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All flights in and out of Wellington were stopped on Thursday due to strong winds.

She said she could see how bad the weather was as the plane approached the capital. She said when the plane tried to go down, “it felt like we fell half a meter”.

The plane was then diverted to Auckland.

“We were then taken off the plane and given almost no information about what was going on,” said the teenager, who was flying alone for the first time.

Passengers had to stand in line with hundreds of others to make room for a 12-hour bus ride to Wellington.

“I got to the front of the queue, and I was then informed that there were no vacancies on the buses,” she said.

“I’m stranded now … and all I got was a $ 8 food voucher,” she said.

Thing has chosen not to name the teenager for her own safety.

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With all flights to Wellington canceled due to bad weather, travelers found themselves in a difficult situation.

Shaun Johns planned to fly to Auckland from Wellington to be at the Liam Gallagher concert at Spark Arena on Thursday, but his flight at 12.45 was canceled due to the weather.

The self-proclaimed superfan was “gutted”.

“I know there is a good chance [Gallagher] will not return, he said.

There were chaotic scenes at Christchurch Airport while travelers waited in line for up to two hours to reschedule flights to Wellington.

Caelan MacBeth, an Orthodox Jew, had a unique situation. He keeps the Jewish Sabbath from Friday night to Saturday night and cannot work or fly during this time.

Janath Domingo is waiting at Christchurch Airport, after flights were canceled around the country today.

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Janath Domingo is waiting at Christchurch Airport, after flights were canceled around the country today.

“I avoid flying on a Friday to avoid something like that,” he said.

“When they said no plane before Saturday, which actually meant to me, I had to stay in Christchurch until Sunday, which would have been a disaster for me actually because I do not have a community in Christchurch.”

He said the airport staff was very helpful and that he managed to get on a plane to Palmerston North on Thursday night, where his parents could pick him up.

Janath Domingo had traveled for 30 hours from Sri Lanka when he arrived in Christchurch, only to find that his flight to Wellington had been canceled.

“Twice now my flight has been canceled and I have no place to live in Christchurch. I’m very tired, Domingo said.

Stuff reporter Rachel Thomas is waiting with hundreds of others at Christchurch Airport.

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Stuff reporter Rachel Thomas is waiting with hundreds of others at Christchurch Airport.

Thing Reporter Rachel Thomas was booked to fly to Wellington.

Thomas has Crohn’s disease and is taking medication. She had just packed enough for the night in Christchurch.

“It’s just stressful,” she said.

She said no notice was sent that her flight had been canceled.

Most Interislander sailings were also canceled on Thursday after predictions of large swells.

“A total of six sailings have been canceled, including all Aratere passenger departures in both directions, and 14.15 Kaitaki (Picton to Wellington) and 20.30 Kaitaki (Wellington to Picton) sailings,” said spokesman Walter Rushbrook.

Waves break over a Wellington road on Thursday.

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Waves break over a Wellington road on Thursday.

Four Bluebridge flights from Picton and Wellington had also been canceled.

The disruption comes after weeks of flight cancellations and delays across New Zealand, which left travelers stranded and caused holiday chaos.

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