ALERT: Travellers to expect flight delays at Durban airport

2017-10-10 13:16 - Kavitha Pillay
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King Shaka International Airport. (Photo: iStock)

Cape Town - The massive storm in Durban has resulted in flight delays, road closures, damage and chaos. 

Collin Naidoo, from Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) based at King Shaka International Airport in Durban told Traveller24 that "the airport is operational" and there are "no major delays" with flights.

He advised flyers to check the status of their flights with respective airlines. "People should contact their airlines to check for major delays," says Naidoo.

FlySafair 

FlySafair told Traveller24 that there are no delays or cancellations to and from Durban "so far" and that "FlySafair has their teams on standby to manage any eventualities".

SAA

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali told Traveller24 that "Flight SA 550 is ready for departure from Durban to Johannesburg after experiencing a delay of approximately 30 minutes. In addition, flight SA 555 from Johannesburg to Durban will also operate."

Tlali says that Durban is currently experiencing heavy rain and strong winds and the King Shaka International Airport "remains open". "This means, weather conditions have not had an impact on our operations until now."

"We do not anticipate operational disruptions based on the forecast weather for the day so far unless the wind direction changes and other factors come into play," says Tlali.

"Once a weather alert has been issued, we always encourage our customers to arrive at the airports earlier than usual for their convenience and safety. Should it become impossible to get to the airport, customers can make contact with us to make alternative travel arrangements so that the impact of disruption on their travel plan is minimised. They may also check the status of their flights on our official channels of communication."

kulula and British Airways

Luane Lavery, Brand Communication Manager for British Airways and kulula told Traveller24 that currently, "flights on both kulula and British Airways (operated by Comair) are leaving as scheduled".

"Should there be any disruptions and delays, we will do our utmost to make up time. We suggest that customers monitor the weather patterns and news to avoid traffic congestion due to the weather when travelling to the airport," adds Lavery.

Trail of chaos

News24 reports that the storm currently sweeping through Durban is leaving a trail of chaos and flooding in its wake, and has also caused damage to an area of King Edward Hospital, as well as at Addington and Prince Mshiyeni Memorial hospitals. Follow the live feed here.

SA Weather Service says that until 20:00 on Tuesday, 10 October, gale force south to south-westerly wind of 70-90km/h is expected between Durban and Maputo at sea, and along coastal cities and towns.

Until 14:00, SA Weather Service says that severe thundershowers will be observed over parts Ethekwini, iLembe and Northern Ugu. Expect hail, strong wind gusts and heavy downpours.

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