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Queenstown Airport closes early due to sick ATC

NEWS 2019-04-12 21:00 UTC
Image Source: Newshub.co.nz

New Zealand’s fourth largest airport had to close early on Friday due to a lack of Air Traffic Controllers.

Airways New Zealand, said that due to controllers calling in sick, they did not have enough controllers to provide ATC services past 7:30pm local time – 1 hour and 50 minutes earlier than normal. Airways said the tower would reopen at 6:10am Saturday.

As a result Air New Zealand bought forward 3 domestic flights, while Jetstar cancelled 2 domestic and 2 Tran-Tasman flights.

Complete Airways statement in full:

“Airways regrets that due to unforeseen staff sickness we do not have sufficient air traffic control cover to safely operate the Queenstown tower this evening. As a result, the air traffic control service provided to Queenstown Airport will be unavailable from 7.30pm – 1 hour and 50 minutes earlier than scheduled.

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