In­ter­na­tional flight makes stop at In­ver­cargill Air­port

The Southland Times - - NEWS - DAVE NI­COLL

An in­ter­na­tional flight from Queen­stown to Syd­ney had to make a brief stop at In­ver­cargill Air­port for ex­tra fuel on Sun­day.

An Air New Zealand spokes­woman said the take­off weight of Air New Zealand flight NZ833 from Queen­stown to Syd­ney was re­stricted be­cause of the weather con­di­tions in Queen­stown on Sun­day.

‘‘The ser­vice di­verted to In­ver­cargill, where it took on more fuel and then con­tin­ued to Syd­ney.’’

In­ver­cargill Air­port gen­eral man­ager Nigel Fin­nerty said it was not un­usual for flights to di­vert to the In­ver­cargill Air­port to pick up fuel.

The plane was an A320. The air­port was ca­pa­ble of han­dling A320 planes and larger for stopovers and re­fu­elling, Fin­nerty said.

On Satur­day, an­other Air New Zealand A320 that was fly­ing from Auck­land to In­ver­cargill did not land suc­cess­fully in Queen­stown and was di­verted to In­ver­cargill.

The plane was run­ning low on fuel so it re­fu­elled in In­ver­cargill then went back to Queen­stown, Fin­nerty said.

In­ver­cargill often was a backup air­port if needed as pas­sen­gers could be put on buses to con­tinue to their des­ti­na­tion, he said.

In­ver­cargill Air­port did not have the same weather re­stric­tions as Queen­stown, Fin­nerty said.

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