As airport reopens, flights cleared to resume to Townsville Airport

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An aerial shot of Townsville Airport.

Flights into and out of Townsville {have been|happen to be|are actually} cleared to resume {as the|since the|because the} airport reopens amid the severe flooding that has hit the region.

Townsville Airport said in a post on its Facebook page the airport would reopen at 1400 local time on Monday.

“ Passengers are advised to {factor in|element in|aspect in} extra time to their journey for processing through the terminal, with staff numbers impacted by the flood. Food options are limited with no cafes or bars open, ” Townsville Airport said.

Authorities {made the decision|made a decision|resolved} to close Townsville Airport for safety reasons on Sunday evening, as the North Queensland city faced floods that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described as an once-in-a-century event.

Townsville Airport asked passengers to check {with the|using the|with all the} airlines for updated flight times and thanked everyone for their understanding.

“ We appreciate your patience, with staff doing everything they can to get our passengers where they want to go, ” the airport said.

“ {Entry and exit|Entry-and-exit} roads to the airport are accessible, but motorists {are advised to|are encouraged to|should} exercise caution due to damaged road surfaces. Parking is open and available. ”

Virgin Australia has cancelled a total of nine flights into and out of Townsville to Brisbane and Sydney on Monday, according to a message posted on its website , with affected passengers contacted directly via SMS and email.

However , it said the VA375 Brisbane – Townsville and VA378 Townsville – Brisbane would operate as scheduled.

Qantas said on its website it would be rebooking passengers with alternate travel plans {for those|for all those|for anyone} affected by cancelled flights.

Jetstar said on its website passengers on cancelled flights could {log into|login} their booking online and {choose a|select a|pick a} new flight at no {extra cost|expense} or get a credit voucher.

Tigerair Australia does not fly to Townsville.

Townsville Airport said vehicles in the car park were not affected by flooding.

The heavy rains led authorities to open the floodgates at the Ross River Dam, following an estimated 450mm of rain that has fallen over the catchment in the {24 hours|twenty four hours|one day} to Monday morning.

Hundreds of residents sought protection from the floods in evacuation centres.

A look at the state of the floods from Brisbane’ s Courier Mail Twitter page.