Auckland International Airport, the largest airport in New Zealand, has closed due to heavy flooding caused by severe weather.
The airport, which is located on the North Island, has experienced heavy rainfall and strong winds over the past few days, leading to significant flooding in the surrounding areas.
As a result of the flooding, the airport has been forced to cancel all flights, both incoming and outgoing. The airport’s management has stated that the safety of passengers and staff is their top priority and that they are working closely with local authorities to assess the situation and determine when the airport will be able to reopen.
The severe weather has also caused widespread damage to infrastructure, including roads and bridges, making it difficult for passengers to reach the airport. Many local residents have also been affected by the flooding, with some being forced to evacuate their homes.
The New Zealand government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas, and has mobilized the military to assist with the recovery efforts. The government has also set up emergency shelters for those who have been displaced by the flooding.
The airport’s management has advised passengers to check with their airlines for updates on their flights and to contact the airport’s customer service center for further information. They have also urged travelers to stay safe and avoid non-essential travel in the affected areas.
It is unclear at this time when the airport will be able to reopen, but the management has stated that they will continue to closely monitor the situation and update the public as more information becomes available.