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Huge winds cause huge woes at Sydney Airport

Melbourne storms also affecting flights

There have been scenes of chaos at Sydney Airport today (Friday) after high winds closed two runways and grounded flights. 


With the widespread delays and cancellations, thousands of passengers were left stranded at the airport. 


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On social media this morning, Sydney Airport said that “due to strong winds, single runway operations are currently in effect. International and Domestic terminals are experiencing some flight delays”. 


In an afternoon update, it said that it is “still experiencing domestic and international flight delays and cancellations due to strong winds”. 


“For updated flight information, please get in contact with your airline,” it tweeted. As winds reached 82kph in the early afternoon, some passengers vented their frustrations on social media, with many taking aim at airline communications. 


"It's chaos," said Brisbane-bound passenger Lennete. "(But) it's out of my control. There's nothing anybody can do about it, the weather is the weather." 


Other passengers told the ABC they had been advised replacement flights mightn’t be available for days. Australia’s major airlines said storms in Melbourne had also been affecting all carriers. 


“Sydney Airport is still experiencing flight delays and cancellations due to strong winds and flights at Melbourne Airport have been impacted by storms.  Please check your flight status,” Qantas tweeted at around 3.30pm.


Amid the terrible conditions, a Qantas flight from LA had to abort its landing this morning, circling for ten minutes before landing safely.  


According to the ABC, several Dubbo-bound Rex Airlines passengers were forced to sleep at the international airport Thursday night after their flight was cancelled.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 23 November 2018

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