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Extreme winds disrupt airline traffic

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Stephen Cauchi

EXTREME winds resulted in Qantas, Jetstar and Tiger Airways cancelling all services in and out of the Gold Coast for the remainder of the day from Monday afternoon.

Virgin Australia spokesman Luke O'Donnell said the airline was ''asking passengers to keep focused on our alerts page, which is being updated as soon as we get a cancellation through''.

Brisbane Airport remained open, but there were many delayed and cancelled flights across all airlines heading out of the city.

Leonie Vandeven from Brisbane Airport Corporation said that customers should check the status of their flights online with their respective airlines, as call centres were experiencing considerable delays.

Brisbane Airport was also suffering a large number of cancelled, delayed or rescheduled flights.

Further to the south, a number of flights to and from Ballina airport near Byron Bay - mostly flights to or from Newcastle and Sydney - were also cancelled because of the conditions.

• Telstra and Optus say they have been working around the clock to restore communication services  in Queensland. Telstra reported that flooding damaged one of its major coastal fibre cables in Colosseum

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