Bad weather hits Wellington flights

TIM DONOGHUE AND AMY JACKMAN
Last updated 13:22 13/01/2013

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Low lying cloud and mist is disrupting flights in and out of Wellington airport today, however no more cancellations are expected.

Air New Zealand cancelled seven regional flights this morning due to the weather. Those passengers are now being booked on later flights.

The 10.15am flight from Christchurch to Wellington was cancelled, as were the airline's flights from Nelson, Timaru and Gisborne.

The airline's 7.15am flight from Wellington to Christchurch was delayed by three hours and two flights from Wellington to Blenheim were delayed by more than an hour.

Flights from Timaru, Queenstown, Gisborne, Tauranga, Picton, New Plymouth and Rotorua were also delayed.

Air New Zealand spokeswoman Kelly Kilgour said no further flights were expected to be cancelled as the cloud was lifting.

"All of the jets are on time and people whose regional-link flights were cancelled are being booked on to later flights," she said.

"Naturally there will be some delays due to having to clear the backlog of passengers, but we are not expecting more cancellations or delays due to the weather."

Travellers are advised to check the Wellington International Airport's website for up-to-date arrival and departure times.

Police are also advising motorcyclists, drivers of high-sided vehicles or trailers, or towing caravans to take extra care on the Rimutaka Hill Road.

MetService said the city's poor weather was not expected to clear for a few days.

Today's morning drizzle, low cloud and mist will be replaced with evening rain and strong northerlies.

Heavy rain is predicted for Monday and Tuesday with Monday's northerly winds changing to a southerly on Tuesday.

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- The Dominion Post

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