Source: Airways New Zealand
2.27pm: Normal air traffic operations have resumed following the issue affecting systems nationally. Flights are no longer grounded. There will be another update shortly.
2.15pm: At approximately 1.30pm this afternoon, a fire alarm went off at the buidling that houses Airways ‘Christchurch Radar Centre. At this point, we don’t have all the facts, however the following is known:
The fire brigade has now cleared the building as safe and the radar centre continues to operate.
There is a fault with our main air traffic system and we are operating on our back up standby system. This means taking a conservative approach to managing New Zealand’s airspace. Therefore departures throughout New Zealand have been halted and arrivals are being managed.
This is a significant time of day when traffic flows are increasing with international flights starting to arrive.
The safety and wellbeing of the travelling public, our staff and our customers is our main priority. We will provide an update as more information comes to hand.