Wellington Scoop

First day of royal tour: airport arrivals and departures disrupted by fog

Diverted, delayed or cancelled. That was the situation this morning for flights that were scheduled to arrive at Wellington Airport, which was affected by low cloud and fog.

By 8am, no flights had been able to land. Several arrivals were listed, hopefully, for 8.30. But no planes had landed by that time, and by 8.40 more flights were listed as diverted (from Auckland and Dunedin), delayed or cancelled (14 as at 8.40).

By 9.00am, the situation was unchanged – no planes had been able to land. The low cloud was not moving. And arrivals up to 11am were being cancelled.

However the morning’s first landing was at 9.20 – it was a flight from Auckland that had been due 50 minutes earlier. And at 9.33 – the second landing of the morning was another flight from Auckland that arrived half an hour behind schedule.

The third landing of the morning was a flight from Nelson, which arrived 60 minutes late at 10.14. It was closely followed by a flight from Blenheim, two hours late.

Flights to and from the airport were back to their usual patterns by midday, apart from some delays caused by the earlier cancellations.

Wellington’s royal visitors, en route from Sydney, landed in an RNZAF plane at midday, about 15 minutes later than was scheduled. at 11.45.

Welcomed to Wellington