South Auckland motorists are facing an infuriating traffic jam this morning as cars crawl to an air show at Ardmore Airport.

Senior Sergeant John Yearbury, of Counties Manukau Police, said there was a 3km traffic queue on the roads around the airport.

The motorists are flocking to the de Havilland Mosquito Launch Spectacular, which was due to start at 10am.

"It's probably moving about as fast as they're letting cars into the air show - I guess about three cars per minute," Mr Yearbury said.


Police had received several calls from frustrated motorists who were not going to the show.

Herald photographer Greg Bowker said it took him about an hour to travel two or three kilometres. He had given up on going to the show and turned around.

"I haven't seen traffic like this - certainly off the main arterial roads - for ages. It's way worse than the traffic you'd get to a show at ASB show grounds."

Traffic was "chock-a" as far as the eye could see in all directions.