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John Key stranded by weather

The Prime Minister was among hundreds of air passengers who had travel plans disrupted by fog yesterday. Morning flights were cancelled around the country and airlines spent the rest of the day battling to get their schedules back on track.

About 25 flights from Auckland were cancelled and several were unable to land before the fog cleared about 11am.

The adverse conditions caused more problems for embattled carrier Jetstar whose planes lacked the technology to get in and out of fog-bound Queenstown.

John Key was among Jetstar passengers stranded in Queenstown – until he was flown back to Auckland by Air New Zealand.

Wellington students Edward Warren and Will Mahon-Heap missed a friend’s farewell party as a result. “It’s bloody useless,” said Warren. “They’ve made a real cock-up of things.”

Passengers also claimed staff directed them to an 0800 number that didn’t appear to be staffed.

Jetstar staff at Wellington referred media inquiries to a spokesman in Australia, who was unavailable.

The fog marked the end of an unusually long cold snap for Auckland that saw overnight lows plunging to minus 1C last week, colder than snowy Dunedin.

WeatherWatch head weather analyst Philip Duncan predicted temperatures would rise by an average 4C this week, with overnight lows climbing by 10 or 11 degrees especially over the next two nights.

The price for many may be heavy rain today and tomorrow, as a deepening low moves south across the North Island.


Petra on 27/06/2009 11:00pm

Oh dear, how sad, never mind, Hope he stays stranded. Everyone was in the same boat at Auckland, yesterday morning, including me.. so why should he be given special treatment – like being whisked away to another room, so others could rub shoulders? He does not like his suit to be creased

We the real passengers who pay decent fares not from other tax payers, waited, with tea’s, coffee’s in some cases had to sit on the floor awaiting news of the flights to be re-opened Mother nature has a mind of its own!. , it was gloomy day anyway. there was lots of passengers that were disrupted.

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