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Auckland Airport fully operational after fire and evacuation

Staff Writer | December 11, 2018
Auckland Airport says that the International Terminal Building is now fully operational and the backlog of delayed flights has been cleared after a fire caused the evacuation of the terminal's check in, departures and baggage hall from 5.44pm to 9:00pm last night.
Auckland Airport
Asia   Approximately 5,000 people were affected
The fire was extinguished quickly caused significant flooding in the international arrivals baggage collection area with tens of thousands of litres of water spread by the automated sprinkler system.

The considerable amount of water (5 to 7 cm deep) needed to be removed and the area cleared of any safety hazards before guests could collect their bags and be processed. Due to the size of the area and volume of water this took the emergency response teams some time to clean up.

The scale of the evacuation of the international terminal building was significant with approximately 5,000 people affected, 16 flights delayed and 3 rescheduled, says Anna Cassels-Brown, GM of Operations, Auckland Airport.