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Nation’s airports impacted by Sydney weather


Over 130 flights out of Sydney cancelled

 

Flights to/from Australia’s busiest airports have experienced delays thanks to the wild weather that has ravaged Sydney over the past 24 hours. 

 

Sydney Airport was forced to cancel over 130 flights today after a month’s rain poured onto the Harbour City in two hours, with domestic flights those mostly affected. 

 

Image AAP/Brendan Esposito

 

And the Bureau of Meteorology warned that the city’s wettest November Day in 34 years could get even worse, with more rain and hail likely. 

 

According to AAP, SYD was forced to repeatedly close one of its runways as it tried to operate amid nearly 5cm of rain. 

 

A Sydney Airport spokesperson said winds of up to 70kph had been recorded near the airport, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. She advised passengers to check with their airlines for updates.

 

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Rob Taggart told the ABC, the weather had been "basically the equivalent of a one in 100 year event". 

 

As well as causing havoc on Sydney’s trains, the storms have claimed at least one life and injured others.

 

The chaos at Sydney Airport also had a knock-on affect at Australia’s other major airports, with Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra all experiencing delays.

 

A spokeswoman for Melbourne Airport said the hub expected “delays and cancellations to flow through throughout the rest of the day”, the Age reported.

 

According to The Courier Mail, Brisbane Airport said most Sydney and Canberra-bound flights were experiencing hour-long delays.

 

Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 28 November 2018


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