Australian bushfires forces Samoa Airways flight rescheduling
The Australian bushfires has affected Samoa Airways' flights to Sydney with the national airline advising that its January 5-8 flights have been rescheduled.
The airline advised in a Facebook post on Sunday that those passengers who are affected by the disruption have been given an update through email of expected delay times and updated flight schedules.
"Samoa Airways regrets to inform our customers that all flight services from today (Sunday 5th January 2020) through to Wednesday 8th January have been rescheduled, due to operational reasons arising from weather related issues in Sydney, Australia yesterday evening," the airline states on its Facebook page.
"All passengers affected by the disruption to flight services have been informed via email regarding expected delay times and provided with an updated flight schedule. For additional information please contact our sales office in Apia: Phone number: +685 22172."
The airline also stated that passengers on the Samoa Airways flight OL855 APWSYD were accommodated at the Mantra Hotel in Melbourne the previous night.
“Thank you for your patience and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to your travel plans. The new flight times are as follows: depart Melbourne – 12.30pm, January 5 and arrive in Sydney at 2.00pm January 5. Other flight schedules will depart Sydney at 2.50pm, January 5 and arrive in Apia at 8.50pm, January 5."
Samoa Airways is not the only airline affected by the bushfires which are currently raging in the Australian states of New South Wales (N.S.W.), Victoria and South Australia.
Virgin and Qantas have also cancelled flights between Sydney and the N.S.W. towns of Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, due to strong winds and significant visibility issues, according to Channel Nine News.
The ABC News also reported that all Qantas flights into and out of Canberra airport were cancelled due to poor visibility.