Passengers at Melbourne International Airport have expressed frustration and fatigue as a result of the ongoing travel chaos.
The airports in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne are all swarming with holiday travelers today, as Australians take advantage of re-opened borders and the resumption of air travel for the Easter holiday weekend.
Harrison Saint, a traveler, told 9News that the delays had left him feeling unimpressed.
“Look, (I’m) not in a good mood. We’re all supposed to be at home right now, working – but due to circumstances beyond our control, we’re forced to remain here “he said.
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We had to attempt to locate a motel as quickly as we could, which resulted in us foregoing supper and breakfast the previous night.”
Another traveler, Georgie Springer, said that she had difficulty obtaining information from airline personnel.
“I’m just very exhausted and fed up,” she said.
Instead of six hours, it has been extended to a total of twelve hours.
Since the hotline didn’t open until 8 a.m., we couldn’t even contact for assistance since we’d been stranded here since 5 a.m..”
Meanwhile, Victorian officials are still working with airlines to clarify laws around COVID-19 close connections in the travel sector, as part of a broader attempt to alleviate workforce shortages that are leading to significant airport delays.
Huge waits caused by high demand, COVID personnel shortages, and what some authorities believe to be unpreparedness on the part of travelers have resulted in some passengers missing their flights and others being forced to spend the night at airports.
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Melbourne is one of the cities that has been struck the worst today, with baggage check lines for Virgin reaching from Terminal Three all the way back to Terminal 2.
9News said that the state health agency would try to clarify isolation standards for pilots, luggage handlers, and airline employees in the coming months.
Workers who are critical to the operation of specific industries and who are close contacts of a COVID-19 case but who do not exhibit any symptoms are permitted to continue working.
To make things worse, a technical failure at Melbourne International Airport resulted in luggage problems for both Qantas and Jetstar passengers.
Several passengers said that “every single luggage drop was flashing a red light at us.”
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has apologized once again for the airline’s continuous delays, which he previously ascribed in part to the “inexperience” of returning customers.
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Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said that although they had been seeking to replace vacant positions since December of last year, they had not received a sufficient number of applicants.
“At the present, our security business has 100 vacant positions that they are advertising for, and we are 30 percent below our regular capacity, which is causing issues,” he said to Today magazine.
“We’ve had workers from all across the airport triaging and putting out fires as they emerge, but the fact is that we’re going to be dealing with this for a little while longer,” says the spokesperson.
According to the terrible fact, “queues are expected to form for the remainder of the school vacations.”
It is recommended that passengers arrive at the airport two hours before their domestic flight and three hours before their international journey.
A large number of visitors are expected to arrive at Brisbane International Airport, with the Sunshine State expected to be a popular location for the influx of tourists.
Beginning on Thursday, the major test will be put to the test, with Qantas alone aiming to carry half a million passengers across Australia.
The Australian Retailers Association, on the other hand, predicts that Australians will spend a total of $7.1 billion during the Easter weekend.
There is already 84 percent capacity on the Sunshine Coast and 90 percent capacity in Noosa, and although not everyone will be traveling by aircraft, travelers are still advised to allow plenty of time at the airport. –
Packing snacks is particularly suggested due to COVID-19 personnel shortages, which will have an impact on on-board food.
Long delays have also been seen in Sydney lately, with photographs showing lineups snaking out the doors of the airport’s terminal earlier this month.