Newcastle Airport was up and running yesterday after a monstrous deluge collapsed part of its roof on Sunday afternoon, inundating the check-in area, closing the airport and resulting in many flights being cancelled.
The NSW regional airport worked with contractors, airline and airport staff to restore power and utilities to the check-in and departure halls.
Passengers arriving at the airport yesterday allowed extra time for the manual check-in process.
Virgin Australia added more flights between Newcastle, Brisbane, and Melbourne yesterday to accommodate passengers displaced on Sunday.
Shortly after midday Sunday, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a heavy rainfall warning for the Newcastle area. Not long afterwards, the rain poured down, overwhelming gutters in sections of the airport terminal and caving in a section of roof.
Most flights, including from domestic carriers Jetstar, Virgin and Regional Express were cancelled. Regional carrier Pelican Airlines defiantly remained operational.
Written by Peter Needham