australian aviation logo

Christchurch shivers under year’s first snow dump

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 8, 2012

A chilly scene at Christchurch on Wednesday. (Waynne Williams)

On Wednesday Christchurch experienced it’s first snow “dump” of the year.  It started snowing at 0700 and heavy snow continued falling until late afternoon.

Christchurch International Airport staff went into a well-practiced snow clearing routine. The runway was cleared regularly but some snow was settling and there was considerable fluctuations in visibility. The terminal ran off its own generator system for much of the time at the request of the city power authorities in order to free up power supplies for the city.

Although the airport remained open throughout, airlines diverted and cancelled a number of flights causing considerable passenger backlogs.  A few domestic flights had landed by mid-afternoon and the first international flight to land was Emirates which landed at 1415 from Dubai via Sydney.

photo – Waynne Williams

The next day dawned clear and crisp with a temperature of -5.3 degrees.  It was late morning before operations began again.

Waynne Williams

Comment (1)

  • dan


    Wow. Great photo of Jetstar A320 covered in snow. Never though I would see the day. So used to seeing them shine in the Qld sun at Brisbane and the Goldcoast.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Each day, our subscribers are more informed with the right information.

SIGN UP to the Australian Aviation magazine for high-quality news and features for just $99.95 per year

You don't have credit card details available. You will be redirected to update payment method page. Click OK to continue.