Aviation

Bushfire smoke and thunderstorms cause flight delays at Melbourne Airport

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

A combination of smoke and storms have caused delays at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport.

Melbourne Airport could face further delays today after the airport weathered a hazardous combination of smoke, associated with bushfires, and storms across Victoria on Wednesday.

Visibility issues reduced the airport to single runway operation for most of yesterday, while strong winds and lightning in the late afternoon forced airfield workers indoors, causing further delays to aircraft taxiing and flight departures.

Travellers reported delays as long as three to five hours on flights.

In a tweet, Melbourne Airport said that while both sets of conditions were “messing with the schedule”, it remained well and truly open, despite sources claiming the airport was closed.

A Melbourne Airport spokesman told Travel Weekly that these rumours caused an unknown number of Melbournians to miss flights.

He added the airport was and remains “absolutely open”.

A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Travel Weekly that approximately 20 of its flights were cancelled yesterday due to the weather, adding that the airline awaits an operations update for today.

Jetstar did not confirm how many of its flights were affected on Wednesday, but said today’s operations have not been impacted.

Virgin Australia told Travel Weekly 30 of its flights were cancelled as a result of weather conditions, but confirmed there were no big disruptions for passengers early Thursday.

The conditions also caused the cancellation of eight Tigerair flights yesterday, a spokesman from the airline told Travel Weekly. No disruptions to today’s services are expected.

Airlines now, however, face the challenge of re-booking thousands of travellers left in Melbourne as a result of Wednesday’s flight cancellations and setbacks.

The likelihood of further delays at the airport remains a possibility, a Melbourne Airport spokesman told Travel Weekly.

For up-to-date information on conditions at the airport, travellers are advised to visit Melbourne Airport’s website or contact their airline for specific information.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

Familiar face returns to Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific as GM

Crowne Plaza has opted not to hire a stranger to lead its iconic Terrigal hotel. However, that’s not to say there were a heap of creepy job applicants.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Emirates cans decision to suspend Aussie flights

The UAE’s flag carrier has performed a bizarre backflip, complete with a couple of half-twists and a pike. Meanwhile, the government has introduced stricter rules for returning Aussies.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Norwegian launches agent incentives across all three brands

As the saying goes, all good things come in threes … except if there were four incentives being offered, of course.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Victoria and Tasmania announce further easing of border restrictions

by Huntley Mitchell

The relaxing of domestic border restrictions continues apace, so apologies if we’ve missed any updates here. Our editor’s typing fingers are quite tired and sore.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

WATCH: Intrepid releases heartfelt video to remind the world why we travel

Travel Weekly’s deputy editor cried her eyes out while watching this video. Partly because it’s so beautiful, but mostly because she just really wants to be on the next plane out of here.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Australia’s first Mövenpick hotel opens its doors

Among the offerings at this new Accor hotel is a daily ‘Chocolate Hour’, which we can only assume involves bathing in Cadbury Dairy Milk.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourist slammed for daring Instagram video on the edge of 500m waterfall

A 25-year-old influencer has been heavily criticised for taking photos of herself on the edge of a very threatening-looking waterfall. Fair enough.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

CLIA names new global chairman

There’s been a major change in CLIA’s boardroom, and we’re not talking about the new fiddle-leaf fig.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Federal government accidentally advises visa applicants to travel overseas despite COVID-19 pandemic

Looks like someone at the Department of Home Affairs is getting fired after accidentally telling visa applicants to get overseas immediately during a global pandemic.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Savvy agent scores loads of cruise bookings during Victoria’s lockdown

Meanwhile, the only thing Travel Weekly’s editor achieved in lockdown was to eat his weight in potato chips while getting through Netflix’s entire catalogue.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Northern Beaches COVID-19 outbreak led to $7 billion loss for tourism industry: TTF

Avalon residents have reportedly gone back into quarantine to escape the blame for this huge loss to the tourism industry.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Federal government urged to introduce HECS-style loan scheme for small businesses

Could this turn out to be another much-needed funding opportunity for travel agents? Let’s bloody hope so.

Share

CommentComments