Charles Tsuipo and Moya Mateer at the Hervey Bay Airport.
Charles Tsuipo and Moya Mateer at the Hervey Bay Airport. Karleila Thomsen

Flight delays ‘minor'

HERVEY Bay was relatively unaffected by the chaos engulfing airports around Australia yesterday, as Virgin Blue flights in and out of the airport experienced only minor delays.

The Virgin Blue Sydney-Hervey Bay flight due to arrive at 11.30am landed about noon and the plane then departed back to Sydney after a short delay.

Local resident Moya Mateer, whose daughter was scheduled to leave Hervey Bay on the 12.05pm flight to Sydney, said she had been worried after reading about delays and cancellations.

But she was glad the flight had been only slightly delayed.

“It's not such a bad wait, really,” she said.

Other Virgin Blue customers around Australia have not been so lucky.

Thousands of passengers have suffered delays and flight cancellations nationwide since a computer glitch on Sunday morning brought down the airline's booking, reservation, check-in and boarding systems.

The problems continued yesterday when at least 17 flights were cancelled, mostly to and from capital cities.

A spokesperson for Virgin Blue said the company was sorry for the ongoing delays and was working to get people on their way as quickly as possible.

The spokesperson said the average waiting time for flights was down to 30 minutes, and the company expected to get most guests affected by the cancellations on to flights yesterday.



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