Parts of Melbourne were hit by heavy rain and thunderstorm activity today, but so far the highly anticipated inclement weather (forecast by some to be an “unprecedented” Victorian storm) has yet to significantly impact flights into and out of the city.
With only a handful of flights into Tullamarine Airport cancelled, grounded departing flights have so far (as at 5pm) numbered less than 20.
Some delays have also occurred, according to the airport’s website, but cancelled flights have been limited to domestic services operated by Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tigerair.
However, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicting severe weather for tonight and into the weekend, more cancellations and delays should be expected.
Despite most services departing as scheduled, there was some disorder at Melbourne Airport, according to flyers.
Whilst checking in, Virgin Australia passenger Sue, whose mid-afternoon flight to Sydney was delayed by around an hour, told Traveltalk VA had made an announcement that it wouldn’t be accepting any more baggage drops “due to the weather”. However, it did re-open its bag drop shortly afterwards.
Others have taken to social media to vent their frustrations.
On its website, Melbourne Airport has warned passengers to “take extra precaution when travelling and check your flight info with your airline or on our site”.
But travel delays could be worse just getting to the hub, with Tullamarine advising passengers to allow extra time to travel to the airport.
And they will definitely need to do that. According to a recent article in The Australian, at an average time of almost three-quarters of an hour from downtown Melbourne, Victorians have the longest trip to the airport in the country and it’s only getting worse.
At least some of them take it all in good humour...