“Hundreds of flights” in and out of Sydney airport have been canceled due to the wild weather and winds currently battering the state.
Earlier today, 28 of Jetstar’s domestic flights were canceled in and out of Sydney Airport, resulting in lengthy delays and seriously frustrated passengers — with some saying they had been stranded at the airport for at least three hours.
It comes as a cold front, sweeping over eastern NSW, brought on gale force winds of up to 50km/hour in some areas.
But the gusts are even stronger at Sydney Domestic Airport, in Sydney’s inner south, with gales of up to 70km/hour, prompting many airlines to drop their scheduled flights at the last minute.
A spokeswoman told news.com.au the airport is using a single runway only, and encouraged customers to check their flight status with their airline before arriving at the airport.
Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin and Rex have all been forced to cancel numerous scheduled flights out of Sydney, leaving many customers unhappy.
In the latest update, a Qantas spokesperson told news.com.au 14 services were cancelled across Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with more than 1800 affected, although the “vast majority” managed to get away today.
“We have tried to get customers moving as best we could and additional services will be run tomorrow,” the spokesperson said.