Newcastle Airport reopens after storm causes roof collapse

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 18, 2016
Newcastle Airport
A file image of Newcastle Airport.

Newcastle Airport reopened for flights on Monday after storms that resulted in a collapsed roof caused the airport to be shut down on Sunday.

Flights were operating into and out of Newcastle on Monday, despite some damage to the checkin area due to flooding.

The airport, airlines and contractors had managed to establish temporary manual checkin procedures and an alternative security screening area to ensure passengers would be able to processed to board their flights .

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The airport has asked passengers travelling from Newcastle to arrive earlier than usual to allow time for the extra checkin process.

Newcastle Airport said Virgin Australia had added extra flights between Newcastle and Brisbane and Melbourne to clear the backlog of passengers affected by the storm.

“Please allow extra time for amended security screening and temporary manual check-in processes,” Newcastle Airport said on its website.

“Where possible, departing passengers are urged to check-in for their flight before arriving at the airport via their airline’s website or app.”

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Jetstar said on its website it would operate three flights out of Newcastle on Monday – to Melbourne (departing 1420), Brisbane (1700) and the Gold Coast (1865).

Flight tracking website FlightAware showed JQ477 took off from Newcastle at 1433 and arrived at Melbourne Tullamarine at 1604 local time.

“We’re set to resume flying from Newcastle Airport this afternoon, following an assessment of the airport terminal by our team earlier this morning,” Jetstar said.

2 Comments

  • Jeff Atkinson

    says:

    Hello Newcastle, Its not even a monsoon like we’ve had in the past,.And your facility is leaking. Has clive palmer or nathan tinkler got something to do with this..And you want to go international.

  • Freddie

    says:

    Really…..? The last time I travelled to Newcastle the newest part of the terminal had just been finished. Doesn’t say much for the plans and construction if a storm can blow the roof off.

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