(Jan 27): Auckland Airport said it would halt domestic and international flights until noon on Saturday (Jan 28) after New Zealand’s biggest city was hit by incessant rain that flooded the terminal buildings.
The hub will be closed until noon on Jan 28 due to the damage from the flooding, Auckland Airport said in a tweet. The airport asked fliers to get in touch with their airlines for the latest information on flights.
Due to the damage, no domestic or international flights will be arriving or departing from Auckland Airport before noon Saturday, 28 January.
— Auckland Airport (@AKL_Airport) January 27, 2023
Social media was filled with videos showing muddy floodwater inside the terminal buildings. Auckland endured almost an entire summer’s worth of rain in just 15 hours, causing an Elton John concert to be cancelled, thwarting long weekend travel plans, and leaving residents in flood-prone areas preparing to evacuate.
Inside the terminal in Auckland. pic.twitter.com/6fND5fTuGD
— Antony Green - elections (@AntonyGreenElec) January 27, 2023