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September 15, 2017 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

After one of the hottest mid-September days ever recorded on Wednesday, temperatures dived yesterday and strong winds blasted Sydney and Australia’s eastern seaboard, reducing runway operations at Sydney Airport and causing numerous delays and cancellations.

Qantas advised of “a number of cancellations across the eastern seaboard” and encouraged passengers to check the status of their flights.

“Our operational teams are working hard to get customers on their way safely and as soon as possible.”

ABC News quoted a Sydney Airport spokeswoman saying up to 70 flights were affected and only one of three runways was operating as gusts of nearly 60 km/h howled across the runway.

Passengers were advised to check flight details with airlines.

The ABC spoke to one couple who were heading to Adelaide to catch a paddle steamer to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary,. Their flight to Adelaide was cancelled and they said nobody from the airline let them know.

Now the winds have died down, it will be interesting to see how Qantas performed in comparison with Virgin Australia. A few days ago, John Issaakidis, Qantas manager strategic accounts, was telling agents at the TravelManagers annual national conference in Darwin about the Amadeus automated delay recovery system, which minimises flight cancellations in adverse weather.

The system, exclusive to Qantas, works by responding to bad weather by using high-speed analytical number crunching, letting the airline shuffle slots pre-emptively to prioritise take-offs and landings, Issaakidis said.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    It somewhat dangerous for aircraft to attempt takeoff and landing with a strong crosswind. Just type “Crosswind Landings” into YouTube. So both the North-South runways would have been closed, leaving the East-West runway fully operational. One of the great things about Kingsford Smith Airport having cross runways. Badgery’s Creek will not have this luxury, so don’t know what they’d have done in yesterdays winds. Cancel all flight?

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