Auckland flights delayed after runway lights damaged

A plane landing at Auckland International Airport has damaged several runway lights causing major delays.

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A statement from the airport said the damage to the runway lights was “impacting” international departures and large domestic flights. There were a number of flights delayed and diverted on Friday afternoon and evening.

”Our operational teams have cleared the debris and are now assessing the damage.

“We apologise to any travellers impacted. Please contact your airline or check your airline travel app if you are travelling for any flight cancellations or delays.”

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Grant Baber and his family were on their way home to Palmerston North when Air New Zealand cancelled two flights.

The family of five will now spend a night with a cousin.

“There’s water inch deep on the tarmac.”

Baber said there were also puddles on the floor, inside the terminal building.


The torrential rain has led to desperate scenes in West Auckland as flash flooding caused widespread chaos.

“Is this a super city. I’m not feeling the super.”

He said the line outside Air New Zealand to rebook flights is about 500m long, but it didn’t appear there were any more flights tonight.

Stuff has contacted Air New Zealand for comment.