Winds see flights into Wellington canned

Last updated 14:37 02/01/2013
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WAITING: Passengers queue at the Jetstar terminal in Auckland.

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High winds whipping across Wellington and the upper South Island have seen one landing in the capital aborted at the last minute and caused the cancellation of several other smaller flights.

A Jetstar flight bound for Wellington has been turned back to Auckland after its landing in the capital was aborted due to high winds.

Hundreds of people from that flight and other cancelled Jetstar flights have queued at Auckland Airport waiting to get seats on the next plane to Wellington.

A passenger on the 11.30am flight said some in the ''massive queue'' waiting for new tickets were becoming irritable.

She said many passengers would have to wait until tonight to get an available seat while others would be forced to wait until the morning.

The woman said conditions appeared fine in Wellington but as the plane came in to land it began swerving wildly and its nose started lifting.

The landing was then aborted and the plane, which was full, was sent back to Auckland.

Air New Zealand spokeswoman Brigitte Ransom said high winds in Blenheim had caused the cancellation of two return Beech aircraft services between Blenheim and Wellington.

A Gisborne return service to Wellington had been cancelled due to flow on effects from the affected Blenheim service.

Passengers were being reseated on alternative services, she said.

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