Christmas Day journey chaos as 23 flights cancelled at Sydney Airport

Not less than 23 flights out and in of Australia’s busiest airport have been cancelled on Christmas Day.

By 7am on Monday, the arrivals and departures board on Sydney Airport’s web site confirmed 23 flights had already been cancelled for the day.

It follows delays and cancellations on Christmas Eve attributable to heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Air site visitors management imposed a ground-stop on all flights into Sydney simply after 5pm for about an hour. understands the disruptions on Monday are seemingly a knock-on impact, with Sydney Airport confirming there have been no operational points on the airport on Monday.

Cancelled Christmas Day flights arriving and departing Sydney embody seven Virgin Australia flights, six Qantas flights, and three Jetstar flights, in addition to some operated small regional airways.

About 20 Qantas flights had been delayed or diverted to Melbourne or Canberra on Sunday night, the place they have been refuelled or passengers re-accommodated on one other service that night time.

The nationwide service confirmed the impression to its community on Sunday had prompted a small variety of cancellations on Monday, however all passengers had been placed on new flights inside a couple of hours of their authentic departure time.

Virgin Australia has warned there could also be additional disruptions as thunderstorms are anticipated in Sydney on Monday afternoon and inspired passengers to test the standing of their flight forward of time.

The airline stated it was working extraordinarily arduous to get its passengers to their last locations.

The cancellations are unfold throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

Flights which have been scheduled to land in Sydney on Christmas Day however have been cancelled embody companies from Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin and Cairns.

Flights from Sydney to those cities, plus Perth and the Gold Coast, are additionally among the many cancellations.

A Sydney Airport spokesman stated on Sunday there had been “some native flooding which has impacted site visitors across the home airport precinct.”

“Flights are at the moment arriving and departing, nonetheless some earlier flights have been affected, with quite a few arriving companies delayed,” he stated.

“Passengers are inspired to go away loads of time for his or her journey to the airport, and to test with their airline concerning the standing of their flight.”

One image posted to X, previously Twitter, on Christmas Eve confirmed a Rex Airways bus driving by way of a flooded tarmac. It has been reshared a whole bunch of occasions.

“I didn’t know Sydney Airport’s buses have been boats,” joked one particular person.

“Wow!! Xmas Eve of all days. Loads of individuals received’t be residence in time for Xmas with cancellations coming by way of,” wrote one other.

“Plenty of disillusioned households, how unhappy,” agreed a 3rd.

“This might clarify why my airplane couldn’t land and flight was cancelled. Hi there 4am Christmas morning rescheduled flight,” added one traveller.

A video circulating on social media stated to be taken on the airport confirmed a baggage automotive and trolley loaded up with suitcases being pushed by way of vital water.

Different footage confirmed automobiles driving by way of flooded roads and carparks outdoors the terminal.

Sydney Airport is anticipating to have its largest vacation interval in 4 years this yr with 2.6 million passengers anticipated between December 14 and January 3.

There are 1.1 million passengers anticipated to cross by way of the T1 worldwide terminal and a complete of 1.5 million home passengers are forecast to cross by way of the T2 and T3 home terminals.

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