Greetings, everyone! Today is a quick NOTAM to warn pilots about Auckland International’s (NZAA) current setup.
As you all are well aware, the runways there are compressed together so tightly (even more so than Gatwick), that using both results in an incursion of one runway or the other, regardless of how inbounds are handled.
Due to this, we ask for your patience as ops run slower than normal and a higher influx of go arounds are possible, as pilots (and even controllers alike) may be confused on which hold short to use when a certain runway is in operation. For instance, if 23R were active, then taxiing along it would technically result in multiple violations of the hold short line.
So, NZAA is best treated as a one runway airport. Today, 23L was used for traffic. Where do you go if 23L is in operation?
The picture below shows which hold short to stay behind when Runway 23L is active. Although you would still be within 23R, it will not be treated as an incursion due to the one runway setup being used.
- The airport editors have been notified about this issue and have removed 23R/5L for the next airport update patch. Until then, keep this NOTAM in mind when conducting operations out of NZAA.