Passengers have been warned to expect more cancellations and delays if flying in and out of Sydney and Melbourne airport, as wild weather and winds currently batter the states.
A Sydney airport spokesperson told news.com.au about 20 flights had been either cancelled or delayed on Friday morning, with the Domestic Airport having just a single runway open.
Virgin proactively cancelled several flights on Thursday evening due to the forecast, which predicts gusts of about 90km/h likely in parts of NSW.
“12 out of Sydney have been cancelled,” the Virgin Australia spokesperson said, noting 20 Virgin flights in total had already been impacted.
Various airlines, including Qantas, have had to cancel flights due to the wild weatherSource:Supplied
Qantas has also cancelled about 12 domestic flights, and with just a single runway in use the airline has warned of a decreased arrival rate.
Both airlines advised customers to check their flight status for updates throughout the day.
A spokesman from Melbourne Airport said the “polar blast” was also bringing ferocious winds across Victoria, meaning they too are down to a single runway.
“25 domestic services have been cancelled this morning,” the spokesman told news.com.au.
“However, there’s been no impact to the International Airport.”
A spokesman from Jetstar said some of their domestic flights are experiencing short delays in and out of Sydney today, and so far “ten return domestic flights have been cancelled” due to the winds.
Virgin Australia has cancelled around 20 flights in total due to the wild winds lashing parts of NSW and VictoriaSource:Supplied
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a number of severe weather warnings covering New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
In NSW, a series of cold fronts that began crossing the country’s southeastern parts yesterday will intensify today, generating “vigorous westerly winds”, the Bureau said.
Damaging winds of up to 90km/h are likely, with warnings in place for the Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Illawarra and Southern Coastal Ranges, as well as the ACT, Blue Mountains and high country about Barrington Tops.
Greater Sydney will also see gusts of between 60-70km/h, peaking at up to 90km/h, the Bureau warned.
Conditions in Victoria could be even more precarious, with severe westerly winds of up to 100km/h extending along the east Gippsland coast from midday.
Peak wind gusts may reach up to 110km/h about southern parts of the South West and Central districts, including the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula and the west Gippsland coast.
More to come.
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