Wild winds cause Sydney flight cancellations

Following on from a weekend of wild winds across parts of NSW, more flight delays are expected today in Sydney as strong gusts batter the coast.

Passengers have been warned to expect delays and to leave plenty of time if heading to the domestic terminal today, with gusts set to strengthen across parts of the state.

Flight delays at Sydney Airport as strong winds force the closure of the North/South runways @abcnews #abcnews pic.twitter.com/eX7xBsJPyT

@SydneyAirport ,what's happening with all the flights delays today?

Speaking to news.com.au, a spokesman from Sydney Airport said 25 flights had been cancelled so far on Monday, with wind strength and direction forcing the airport to close one of two runways.

From 8am to 11am, a single runway was in operation, resulting in delays of up to 60 minutes for some passengers.

No international flights were cancelled as a result of the wind gusts.

A spokesman for Qantas said the airline had experienced around 12 cancellations today due to single runway operations in Sydney, however all passengers impacted will be put on other flights departing on Monday.

Sydney airport has experienced 25 flight cancellations because of the winds.Source:Supplied

A spokesperson for Jetstar said they had cancelled four flights on Monday and had delayed a few more of up to two hours.

News.com.au has contacted Virgin Australia for comment.

As the wind eased midmorning, the second runway was able to be opened, which should ease some of the delays.

Strengthening winds have firefighters on edge as several bushfires continue to burn out of control across NSW.

A bushfire burning near the township of Tenterfield in northern NSW. Picture: AAP Image/Supplied by Bronwyn Petrie.Source:AAP

Crews have spent the weekend fighting the intense blazes, with a watch and act alert remaining in place for Bees Nest in Armidale and at Drake near Tenterfield.

Despite cooler weather across NSW, strong and damaging winds of up to 70km/h ramped up fire activity with very high fire dangers in the state’s far north coast, north coast and New England area.

Firefighting efforts on Sunday were focused on two out-of-control blazes at Bees Nest in Armidale and Long Gully Road in Drake, east of Tenterfield, which are both at watch-and-act alert level.

The Bees Nest blaze, which is burning on multiple fronts, has torched more than 56,000 hectares, twice the size of the Sydney city council area.

A number of homes have been lost or damaged by fires in the state since Friday with RFS building impact assessment teams yesterday planning to visit areas they haven’t been able to reach before because of fire activity.

More to come

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