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Flood stricken Newcastle Airport up and running again

April 19, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Newcastle 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.

“Due to significant water egress in the check-in hall, a contingency plan of manual check-in is in place for flights tomorrow,” the airport said on Sunday.

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

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