Hundreds of passengers stranded in Hamilton after their flights to Hamilton landed there

Civil Aviation Authorities are finding it difficult to believe Air New Zealand’s explanation that people have simply chosen to fly to Hamilton.

Civil Aviation Authorities are finding it difficult to believe Air New Zealand’s explanation that people have simply chosen to fly to Hamilton.

Hundreds of passengers are stranded in the city of Hamilton tonight after their flights to Hamilton landed at their correct destination, prompting widespread concern for their wellbeing.

As many as two to three hundred passengers may be caught up in the debacle, with none of them having a subsequent flight out of the city.

“If what we’re hearing is correct, we’re talking about families, children even, who are stranded in Hamilton for the night, and perhaps indefinitely,” said one Civil Aviation spokesperson, who is a safe distance from the city.

The issue is said to be affecting all flights into Hamilton.

Air New Zealand has yet to confirm that any of its flights to Hamilton landed there, or that its passengers don’t have additional travel plans, but said passengers do occasionally make “the choice” to fly to Hamilton, “totally voluntarily.”

Jetstar, which does not fly to Hamilton, said it was “irresponsible” for airlines like Air New Zealand to do so.

In light of the news, the Civil Aviation Authority has grounded all flights destined for the Waikato region until it can ensure the incident won’t be repeated.

More details are forthcoming, or they might not be.