Australia: Melbourne Airport: delays due to wind

Travellers at Melbourne Airport have been hit with long delays and cancellations as strong winds hit the state.

One of the airport’s two runways has been closed since 6am on Wednesday, restricting flights in and out of the airport for all major airlines, Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin and Tigerair.

The weather bureau reported wind speeds of 78km/h at Melbourne Airport, some of the strongest in the state, about 3.20pm on Wednesday..
………Qantas cancelled 13 departing flights, but the airline has managed to transfer all affected passengers onto other flights.

Some Virgin passengers faced delays of up to an hour and a half, while other flights were cancelled. Virgin has also re-accommodated passengers from cancelled services onto other same day flights.

Though it is unclear how long disruptions will continue, the wild weather is expected to ease overnight in Melbourne.

Melbourne had already seen gusty winds between 70 and 80km/h throughout the day, and wind speeds could kick up to 90km/h in the next few hours, according to Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson.

Rain and possible thunderstorms were also on the way.

“We’ve got strong northerly winds expected ahead of a cold front,” Mr Dickson said.