International flight makes stop at Invercargill Airport
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.