Fri, 23 Nov, 2018
Bad news if you're flying in or out of these Aussie airports
Thousands of passengers have been left stranded at two major airports due to damaging winds currently facing the region.
Crowds of frustrated travellers are currently facing cancelled or delayed flights at Sydney and Melbourne airports.
Sydney Airport only has one runway out of three operating due to the intense winds, which are travelling up to 69km/h, causing trouble for planes during take-off and landing.
The extreme weather has seen international and domestic flights cancelled or delayed, with a Qantas plane travelling from Los Angeles being forced to divert elsewhere because of strong winds.
⚠ 🌬 Due to strong winds, single runway operations are currently in effect. International and Domestic terminals are experiencing some flight delays. Please contact your airline for more information.
— Sydney Airport ✈️ (@SydneyAirport) 22 November 2018
“International and domestic terminals are experiencing some flight delays. Please contact your airline for more information,” tweeted Sydney Airport earlier this morning.
Melbourne airport has also been affected, as the number of incoming and outgoing flights have been reduced.
Flights from Brisbane to Sydney have been cancelled or delayed until further notice.
Also affected are passengers from Hobart, who planned to travel to Sydney and Melbourne. Some services from Canberra have also been cancelled.
Qantas and Virgin Australia have advised passengers of the delays.
“Sydney and Melbourne Airports have reduced the number of flights allowed to arrive and depart each hour, which is impacting all airlines,” said Virgin Australia in a statement.
“This may also affect flights arriving and departing into other destinations across the network.
“Virgin Australia is working hard to minimise delays for passengers and get everyone on their way as quickly and safely as possible.”
Qantas asked passengers to make sure their contact details in their flight booking was correct in case there were changes to their journey that they needed to be contacted about.
Angry passengers took to social media to vent their frustrations as they wait for updates on their flights.
Its mental!! pic.twitter.com/BcuPIQMCku
— leo (@lenman74) 22 November 2018
— Katie M (@holykatie) 22 November 2018
At Sydney airport to fly to Melbourne when met with crowds & chaos. Zero announcements for 45 minutes, no staff in the queue & then once my flight closed I’m told to wait in a v long line to get rebooked or call reservations?!
Not cool @VirginAustralia
— Zaahir Edries (@zaahir_edries) 22 November 2018
— Stephen Mudd (@muddhism) 22 November 2018
Those who are travelling today are advised to contact their airline before reaching the airport.