Aviation

Flights cancelled as Sydney Airport rocked by wild weather

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

More than 20 outbound flights were cancelled on Monday after windy weather affected operations at Sydney Airport.

Qantas and Jetstar were forced to cancel flights yesterday after Sydney Airport was reduced to single runway operations from 8am to 11am. This saw 25 outbound domestic cancellations, with average delays up to 60 minutes.

No international flights were effected; however, Qantas absorbed the brunt of domestic cancellations, after it was forced to cancel 15 of its flights. A Qantas spokesperson advised passengers were re-accommodated on other flights departing that day.

Qantas Group subsidiary airline Jetstar was also forced to cancel four of its flights, while others experienced delays of “up to two hours”, according to a spokesperson from the airline.

Virgin Australia told Travel Weekly that it also experienced a number of cancellations yesterday.

Sydney Airport said North/South runways had been in operation most of the day, except during a three-hour window, where wind speeds and direction saw it go to single runway operations on the East/West runway.

The airport advised that operations returned to normal, dual runway operations later on Monday, and remained on track into Tuesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) advised yesterday that these troubling weather conditions would carry on into the day for broader New South Wales, after issuing a severe weather warning.

Winds, which were averaging 55 to 65 kilometres per hour with peak gusts of about 90 kilometres per hour, were possible for the coasts of the Sydney metropolitan area, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast and Mid North Coast, according to BOM.

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