21 Dec 2010

Some UK flights get through

6:00 pm on 21 December 2010

Winter weather in parts of Europe has eased sufficiently for an Air New Zealand flight to take off from Heathrow airport in London.

Flight NZ1 to Auckland via Los Angeles departed on Monday night (NZT), about 20 hours later than scheduled.

Many other flights are still cancelled.

Two other Air New Zealand services have landed in London in the past few hours. One flew via the United States and the other via Hong Kong.

Another Auckland-bound Air New Zealand plane is also due to leave London on Tuesday morning.

However, about 120 Air New Zealand passengers stranded at Los Angeles have been told it could take up to 10 days to get a flight to London.

One of them, Nigel Hewitson, told Morning Report the flight was in the air on Sunday night when passengers were told it would be staying in Los Angeles. They have been in a hotel since then.