The South Island ski trip turns into a week’s stay

The South Island ski trip turns into a week’s stay

Jon Lane has been waiting three days in Nelson to fly back to the capital from Nelson Airport.

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Jon Lane has been waiting three days in Nelson to fly back to the capital from Nelson Airport.

Jon Lane, 26, sits at Nelson Airport, his carry-on neatly tucked to the side.

He is starting to get a little stressed, he says. This is his second trip to the airport within two days.

Due to fog and storms, Lane has been unable to fly out of Nelson to Wellington, forcing him to continue staying with friends until the weather calms down.

His new job starts next week – and Lane is starting to worry that he’ll have to attend via Zoom.

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Wild weather has caused huge delays and cancellations for airports in Nelson and Wellington.

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Wild weather has caused huge delays and cancellations for airports in Nelson and Wellington.

Lane flew into Nelson Airport last Friday. He went skiing at Rainbow Skifield this weekend.

Lane was originally scheduled to fly out of Nelson Airport on Wednesday morning. However, extreme fog caused his flight to be canceled and Sounds Air did not accommodate him on any of the later flights.

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

He was booked on a midday flight on Thursday. Lane paid $40 for a taxi from Richmond to get to the airport, only to find that this flight had also been canceled – this time due to extreme winds in Wellington.

His flight at 19.00 was also cancelled. What was intended to be a five-day excursion on Sørøya has been extended to a week.

Lane was getting nervous, he said. His new job at the Ministry of Education starts next week – and while he still has time, he wants to be at home so he can start preparing for his new role.

Lane said he had tried to get an Uber from Nelson Airport back to Richmond but was surprised to see no cars available.

“It’s a bit different here than Wellington.”

Sounds Air operations manager Olivia Jacobs said the weather was forecast to be around 50 to 60 knots until 9pm on Thursday night.

On Thursday, the morning trip from Nelson to Wellington began. The return flight at 15.00 was consolidated to the flight at 17.45.

Air NZ has canceled flights to Wellington and Auckland from Nelson scheduled for Thursday evening.

From 3pm on Thursday, all flights in and out of Wellington were canceled due to strong winds.

According to the Nelson Airport website, most flights had resumed by Friday morning, with a few new arrival and departure times.

Lane was finally able to get on a plane and returned to Wellington on Friday.

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