Facebook liker Jamie Chinery's photo of QantasLink's Boeing 717 landing in heavy rain in Gladstone on January 24, 2013.
Facebook liker Jamie Chinery's photo of QantasLink's Boeing 717 landing in heavy rain in Gladstone on January 24, 2013. Jamie Chinery

Weather throws flights into chaos but airport stays open

UPDATE: Virgin Australia is assessing flights in and out of Gladstone for the remainder of Friday.

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said the airline was trying to contact all guests affected by cancelled flights via text message, but asked that passengers continue to check the company's webpage for the latest list of cancelled flights.

"Guests with travel arrangements to Queensland cities from January 25 until Monday, January 28 (inclusive) are able to change bookings without penalty to another travel date before February 4, or cancel their flight and receive a travel credit for the value of their flight," the spokeswoman said.

"Please note that we are currently experiencing higher than usual call volumes to the guest contact centre as a result of Cyclone Oswald, so where possible, please continue to check the website for updates."

 

Qantaslink had to cancel four flights to and from Gladstone today.

There are still two Gladstone-Brisbane flights scheduled to depart tonight - one at 5.30pm and one at 6.50pm, but it looks unlikely that they will be able to operate.  

Earlier: Flights in and out of Gladstone are in turmoil this morning as airlines grapple with unpredictable weather conditions.

Virgin Australia confirmed two flights between Brisbane and Gladstone had been cancelled, including flights VA1709, VA1712 and return Gladstone to Brisbane flights VA1711 and VA1714.

QantasLink has assured passengers there have been no flight cancellations between Brisbane and Gladstone this morning.

At 10.30am the QantasLink website listed flight QF2332 between Brisbane and Gladstone as delayed, with an expected arrival time in Gladstone at 12.45pm.

It's believed the flight will depart from Brisbane Airport at 11.40am, instead of the scheduled 8.55am.

Gladstone Regional Airport remains open.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the airstrip was fine and drainage was working as expected.



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