Wednesday , March 3 2021

Wind, rain causes flight delays, airport cancellations

A single runway at Sydney Airport is in operation as intense storms caused huge disruption to flights.

At least 20 flights have been canceled so far this morning, and while flights are continuing, more cancellations and delays are expected in the domestic and international terminals.

Sydney Airport media spokeswoman Cait Tynan confirmed to that the airport is still in operation but there were delays and likely cancellations.

"People need to check with their airlines before they come to the airport. The airlines are the ones that make decisions about delays, "she said.

She also noted that passengers arriving at the airport may face 15-20 minute delays in disembarking from planes if lightning was intense as no operational staff could be on the runway when there was lightning.

Ms Tynan said the airport had been operating with just one runway on Friday as well and part of Thursday.

"The weather has been crazy," she said.

Extra teams have been put on to help assist passengers.

More than one month's worth of rain has fallen in two hours across Sydney this morning with authorities pleading with commuters to consider staying at home.

Between 5.30am and 7.30am 90mm of rain fell on the main Sydney weather center – the average for November is 67mm. Half of that fell in just 30 minutes.

Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair and Jetstar say the wild weather is expected to affect flights.

Passengers are being advised to check with their airline before arriving at the airport, and make sure the contact details in their bookings are up to date in case they need to be reached.

Passengers are also having trouble accessing the airport by road after O'Riordan St at Mascot was closed this morning due to flooding. It has now reopened.

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