More than 100 Australian airlines are reporting delays in reopening on Sunday following a string of travel disruptions that have disrupted air travel between the two countries, including a delay of six hours on one of the nation’s largest domestic carriers.
The National Airlines Corporation said the airline resumed service on Sunday morning after the airline’s network was “relatively stable” and the airline experienced limited disruption in its network.
“Due to the impact of the recent weather events, there is currently a limited number of flights departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide,” a spokeswoman said.
“The majority of flights are scheduled for Sydney on Sunday, Brisbane on Sunday and Adelaide on Sunday.”
Australia’s aviation authority said on Monday that its network would remain disrupted until the weekend.
“We are continuing to assess the impact on the safety of the aviation community and the safety and security of our customers, and we will make further decisions in the coming days,” the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a statement.
The government-run carrier, Australian Airline Group, which operates Australia’s largest airline, has said it has had to postpone many flights since a large hail storm hit parts of the southern states on Saturday.
It has been forced to cancel scheduled international flights for at least six days due to “significant impacts to aircraft and crews”.
The airline’s website was down for about an hour on Sunday after some passengers were unable to board flights.
The Australian government is trying to ease restrictions on travel between Australia and the US by allowing for flights between the three countries that are not subject to strict travel restrictions.