Repairs Begin at Auckland Airport After Blackout, Herald Says

Work will begin today to repair runway lights at Auckland international airport following a weekend blackout that caused 22 flights to be rescheduled or delayed, the New Zealand Herald reported.

About 2,000 people were affected by the failure of the airport’s runway edge lights, which guide pilots at night, at 8:10 p.m. on Nov. 27, the Auckland-based newspaper reported today. The approach lights stayed on, it said.

The blackout was caused by a fault in a 120-meter section of underground cabling that serves the airport, the country’s largest, the Herald said. The glitch may have been caused by a lightning strike, which had caused similar faults in the 1990s and in 2008, it said.

The lights are operated by government-owned Airways Corp. and New Zealand’s Minister for State-owned Enterprises Simon Power has asked for a report into the failure “as a matter of Urgency,” the newspaper said, citing the minister’s spokesman.

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