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Pipeline leak leaves thousands stranded at Auckland airport

At least 27 international and domestic flights were cancelled over the weekend

IANS  |  Auckland 


Thousands of passengers were stranded in on Monday after a burst pipeline cut supplies to New Zealand's largest airport.

The damaged pipeline is Airport's only source of fuel, reports the BBC.

Teams are working around the clock to fix the pipeline after damage from a digger caused it to burst on September 14, operator Refinery New Zealand said.

"The pipeline should return to service between September 24 and 26," it added.

According to Airport, which sees about 18 million passengers a year, oil companies are responsible for the transport and supply of used by airlines, and that supply has been reduced.

Air New Zealand said supplies at the airport were down to 30 per cent of normal capacity, forcing some long-haul flights to make additional refuelling stops at airports in Australia and the Pacific, the BBC reported.

The carrier said about 2,000 passengers were affected by cancellations on Monday.

As well as Air New Zealand, Qantas, and said that some flights had been affected by the fuel shortage.

At least 27 and domestic flights were cancelled over the weekend.

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First Published: Mon, September 18 2017. 10:32 IST