Andrea Whelan and Mathew Steer with daughter Charlie Rackemann and son Jayden Steer had an unhappy end to their holiday after rain cancelled all flights out of Bundaberg. Photo: Scottie Simmonds del0102a
Andrea Whelan and Mathew Steer with daughter Charlie Rackemann and son Jayden Steer had an unhappy end to their holiday after rain cancelled all flights out of Bundaberg. Photo: Scottie Simmonds del0102a

Extreme weather strands passengers

ANDREA Whelan expected to be home in Mt Isa yesterday afternoon, but wet weather left her young family stranded at Bundaberg Airport instead.

“Our 8.15am flight was cancelled, and we thought we could get on the next one, which meant we might be able to still catch our connecting flight, but that was cancelled too,” Ms Whelan said.

After leaving Mundubbera at dawn, she and her partner Matthew Steer were stuck in limbo at the departures lounge, with their daughter Charlie and two-year-old son Jayden.

“The kids have been eating junk food from the vending machines all day because the cafe is closed for renovations,” Ms Whelan said.

After hearing that the 5pm flight was also scrapped, Ms Whelan said she didn’t know how she would get her family home.

“We’ve been trying to rent a car and there are none available. We might have to stay here and try again (today),” she said.

Geelong resident Sandra Barker was also stuck after her 2pm flight to Brisbane was cancelled.

“My daughter was waiting at the Brisbane airport for the flight to come in because it still said it was scheduled to land,” Mrs Barker said.

“But I’d rather be safe on the land than unsafe in the sky.”

A Qantas spokeswoman said the company was continually assessing the weather to determine when it would be safe to fly.

“We have tried to get flights in and out at various points during the day but we have not been able to because of the extreme weather,” she said.

“We are considering offering road transport if the situation deteriorates.”



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