On Tuesday 23 March 2021, ZL42, the 1000 hours MEL - SYD was cancelled. I can't see ZL50 (1100 hours MEL - SYD) on flight status websites, so it also may have been cancelled. ZL102, the 1200 'high noon' was airborne at 1210 hours, so if this was the 'next flight', it was a long wait in MEL (though not as bad as may occur when an Oz domestic airport is fogbound).
It appears that ZL31, the 0930 hours SYD - MEL did not operate on Sunday 28 March 2021.
The REX flights can be hard to track down because they don't necessarily appear as 'cancelled' on airport websites, and unless I've missed it, the redesigned REX website lacks a 'flight status' page.
Most days it appears that REX is not operating its full timetable between Melbourne and Sydney or v.v. I assume there are insufficient passengers booked. With Qantas/Jetstar timetables on some (if not most) sectors down at least 30 per cent compared with a couple of years ago, it too isn't exactly booming, and nor is Virgin Australia 2.0.
The Saturday 1810 hours Facebook post by WA premier Mark McGowan resuming quarantine for travellers from Queensland (despite one brisbane 'party' that a 'positive case' attended turning out to have only five attendees not the 25 originally reported) means that despite no 'cases, someone in Mt Isa or Karumba who travels to Perth must quarantine.
Not exactly an incentive for any of us to undertake interstate travel for leisure or business.
B738 VH-RQP on ZL18, the 0700 hours MEL - SYD on Monday 12 April 2021 did not take off until 0754, arriving at 09802 hours, 32 minutes tardy. However, its next flight, the 0930 hours SYD - MEL, ZL31, arrived at 1106, only a minute late.
Fog in Sydney (and perhaps smoke haze from autumn burn offs?) is causing many delays into SYD on Monday 3 May's morning, which as usual will compound and take a while to recover from unless planes have significant timetabled gaps between flights later today.
The 0600 hours from MEL to SYD, ZL10 has VH_RYU. It looks to have attempted to land in SYD but has amazingly diverted back torwards MEL (the closest other major airport serviced by ZL B738s) where arrival should be at about 1000 hours, 150 minutes after passengers were meant to be alighting in SYD.
The small number of B738s ZL has means that its mainline schedules will be badly affected today by this (although one way out is simply to cancel some flights and delay more passengers that way).
ZL18 from MEL to SYD, the 0700 hours, pointed skywards early at 0707 with B738 VH-REX but as with other aircraft had to hold in two locations, one above Gunning NSW and the other northeast of Goulburn, so delayed arrival should be 0939 hours, 69 minutes behind the timetable.
The PQQ - SYD ZL6355 is far worse, as this 0640 hours flight was not in the sky until 0856. SAAB340B VH-ZKU should arrive at 1009 hours, 144 minutes late.
Northbound ZL6954 from SYD up to ARM, the 0700 hours, took off at 0906 so VH-RXQ should arrive at 1005 hours, 110 minutes tardy.
Continuing with Monday 3 May 2021, ZL6821 (0630 hours DBO - SYD) did not take off until 0852. As at 0940, it was holding in the favoured north of Wombeyan Caves area for turboprops. SAAB340B VH-KRX is displaying as likely to arrive at 1023 hours, 163 minutes late.
ZL6762 (0630 hours ABX - SYD) was airborne at a similar 0848 hours and has also been holding. VH-ZPN is nominally showing as arriving at 1034, 159 minutes delayed.
VH-TRX on the WGA - SYD ZL6658, 0630 hours, took off at 0851 with an optimistic arrival time of 1022 (162 late) displaying. It's also in the same location in a holding pattern.
Monday 10 May 2021 has seen a bad start to the morning for B738 VH-RQP as ZL10, the 0600 hours MEL - SYD did not push back until 0653 and hence was not airborne until 0705, arriving at 0815, 45 minutes tardy. Next was ZL520, the 0830 hours SYD - OOL where takeoff was at 0917 for a 33 minute late, 1023 hours arrival. ZL533 returning back down to SYD should be an estimated 23 late arriving so some time is being regained.
ZL6316 (SAAB 340B VH-ZXK), the 0700 hours SYD up to GFN was not in the sky until 0914, with arrival at 1028 hours, 123 minutes tardy. The onwards leg, ZL6317 then flew from GFN the short distance to LSY, taking off at 1047 for arrival at 1112 hours, 117 late. Lastly, the aircraft was airborne at 1135 from LSY with expected SYD arrival 1304, 109 minutes behind schedule.
ZL6954, the identically timed from SYD 0700 hours to ARM took off at 0836 with VH-ZPB. Arrival was at 0941, 86 minutes tardy. From 5 to 8 May inclusive, this flight respectively arrived ARM 51, 137, 97 and 30 minutes late. I assume it's been foggy on the northern tablelands. Today, ZPB arrived back in SYD at 1127 hours, 87 late as ZL6955. This will delay its next flight, ZL6723 from SYD down to wintry OOM, the 1100 hours.
In what may be a reflection of its limited schedules, on the MEL to SYD route on Friday 28 May 2021 (first day of a seven day Victoria-wide lockdown), ZL only cancelled two of its five scheduled flights.
Reflecting the pariah status of Victorians (with three of the four lockdowns having been the Victorian Government's fault), on Sunday 30 May 2021, from SYD to MEL, ZL is cancelling three of its five scheduled flights: only the 1300 and 1730 hours southbound are to operate.
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