An estimated 2,000 travellers flying with Air New Zealand are expected to be affected by flight cancellations today as a result of fuel supply problems into Auckland.

Refining New Zealand’s pipeline into the city has undergone a temporary shutdown, affecting all airlines operating into and out of Auckland Airport. Air New Zealand has said it is taking steps to consolidate passenger loads and minimise fuel usage in order to offset the supply issues.

A number of Air New Zealand’s long-haul services to and from Asia and North America will also be making refuelling stops at various airports in Australia and the Pacific. So far, three of the airline’s North America services have made stops in Nadi, Fiji to refuel, and today flight NZ99 from Auckland to Tokyo Narita Airport will make a stopover in Brisbane in order to refuel.

“Aviation is a critical transport industry and the lifeblood for tourism and we are naturally extremely disappointed with this infrastructure failure,” said David Morgan, the airline’s chief operations integrity and standards officer.

The following flights taking place on Monday, September 18 have been cancelled. A full list of schedule changes can be viewed on the airline’s website.

– NZ722 – Melbourne to Auckland
– NZ543 – Auckland to Christchurch
– NZ550 – Christchurch to Auckland
– NZ413 – Auckland to Wellington
– NZ420 – Wellington to Auckland
– NZ437 – Auckland to Wellington
– NZ444 – Wellington to Auckland

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