Dozens of domestic flights were cancelled and other flights in and out of Sydney Airport experienced significant delays over the weekend as strong winds and heavy rains brought by the so-called ‘East Coast Low’ reduced the airport to single runway operations for significant periods on Saturday and Sunday.
⚠️ Good morning Sydney. As wild weather continues, we're likely to be on single runway ops for most of the day (1/2) pic.twitter.com/OvR8RvuyYo
— Sydney Airport ✈️ (@SydneyAirport) June 4, 2016
Delays of 90 minutes to two hours were experienced as winds limited operations to Sydney’s 07/25 cross runway.
RW7 is the ⭐️ of the show as we get through this torrential ☔️
Thanks for your ongoing patience and understanding! pic.twitter.com/IOXiye7I8G
— Sydney Airport ✈️ (@SydneyAirport) June 5, 2016
— Tim Parsons (@timparsons) June 5, 2016
Among the diversions on Sunday morning were Qantas flight 130 from Shanghai, which diverted into RAAF Base Richmond, north-west of Sydney, and QF128 from Hong Kong, which diverted to Canberra. QF130 was on the ground at Richmond for 2 hours 20 minutes before making the short 14 minute hop to Sydney, while QF128 departed Canberra for Sydney after not quite four hours.
The wild weather saw flight disruptions all along the east coast over the weekend, including at Brisbane, Gold Coast and Newcastle airports, with flow-on effects across the rest of Australia.
UPDATE 4.20pm: weather has caused some flight cancellations. You're urged to contact your airline to check the status of your flight.
— Newcastle Airport (@NTLairport) June 5, 2016