Sydney Airport is in total chaos as high winds cause flight cancellations, delays, risky landings

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Strong winds are causing havoc at Sydney airport on Friday.

Both domestic and international flights are delayed.

The weather conditions have left only single runway operations running.

Sydney forms one end of the fourth-busiest air corridor in the world — the Sydney-Melbourne route — and the check-in hall for domestic flights was packed full of delayed travellers.

The excessive wind even forced Qantas flight QF12 from Los Angeles to abort a landing at Sydney earlier today.

Thousands of passengers are stranded in the airport.

Qantas has cancelled flights to Coffs Harbour (11.25am), Lord Howe Island (11.55am), Wagga Wagga (11.55am), Tamworth (12.40pm), Brisbane (3pm), Albury (3.30pm) and Melbourne (4pm). Further updates on flight status are available here.

The Bureau of Meteorology this morning forecast damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h for the South Coast, Illawarra, parts of the southern ranges and Central Tablelands, including the upper Blue Mountains.

And it looks like affect the airport for the rest of the day with the BOM saying conditions aren’t expected to ease until Saturday morning as the low moves further away from New South Wales.

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