Travel Alerts

Indonesia: Lombok earthquakes

18 March 2019 – A magnitude 5.5 earthquake occurred on Lombok Island, Indonesia at 7.00pm Sunday 17 March 2019 (NZST). It triggered a landslide at Tiu Kelep Waterfall, killing two people and temporarily trapping dozens of tourists at the waterfall. About 500 homes were damaged in the earthquake.

New Zealand: Christchurch terrorist attack

16 March 2019 – At least 49 people have been killed and others have been seriously injured in a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday 15 March (NZST). Schools and business were in lockdown for several hours and the outcomes of the situation continue to evolve. The New Zealand police and defence force are working together to provide additional support for the region.

International: Boeing 737 Max planes grounded after fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash

14 March 2019 – Aviation regulators from countries around the world including New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, China and Indonesia have ordered Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes to be grounded after the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash on 10 March 2019.

Tonga: Cyclone Pola

28 February 2019 – Cyclone Pola has been upgraded to a category 3 cyclone and is expected to bring gale force winds, heavy rain and dangerous swells to Tonga today.

New Caledonia, New Zealand: Cyclone Oma

19 February 2019 – Cyclone Oma is strengthening and travelling towards New Caledonia. Strong winds and heavy rain are already affecting New Caledonia, causing damage to roads and leaving over 400 homes without power.

United States of America: Polar vortex

31 January 2019 – A polar vortex has brought a cold snap to the US Midwest. At least eight people have died due to the extreme weather and flights and train services have been affected. Chicago’s two main airports have been heavily affected, with over 1,500 flights cancelled so far.

United States of America: Government shutdown

10 January 2019 – The United States government shutdown is predicted to cause delays at airports as increased numbers of staff are absent from work. While the shutdown continues, Transport Security Administration employees are expected to work without pay.

Indonesia: Tsunami

24 December 2018 – A tsunami has struck the coast of Java and Sumatra after the erupting Krakatoa volcano reportedly caused an underwater landslide.

United Kingdom: Gatwick Airport drone sightings

24 December 2018 – A drone sighting at Gatwick Airport caused over 1,000 flights to be grounded or diverted over three days.

Air New Zealand potential strike

7 December 2018 – It has been reported today that Unions are meeting with Air New Zealand on Monday 10 December to try avert a potential strike planned by Air New Zealand aircraft maintenance engineers, aircraft logistics and related staff on December 21 2018.

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