Planes on schedule this morning, but crosswind dependent

Deidre Davids Communications and brand manager for ACSA Cape Town explains that flights began leaving.

Rain is less of a factor than wind speeds.

Thus far the weather has been holding out in the sense that flights have been departing on schedule.

Deidre Davids Communications and brand manager, ACSA Cape Town

The first flight left around 5.50 this morning.

Read: "Flights will be grounded if winds are showing out of limit" #CapeStorm

It's safety first. Everybody is taking that approach.

Deidre Davids Communications and brand manager, ACSA Cape Town

Flight information number: 021 937 1200Check in on Acsa Cape Town Twitter account for updates @capetownint

Linden Burns, MD of Plane Talking says commercial pilots are trained to take off and land in adverse weather conditions, with take-offs sometimes easier due to headwinds assisting, but landings are more tricky.

But he says, it is not just pilot ability. it is also a particular aircraft's ability to withstand certain levels of crosswind.

He says Cape Town winds tend to be North-East so it hits the plane head on straight down the runway, which is preferable to crosswinds.

For takeoff, it makes it a bit easier.

Linden Burns, MD of Plane Talking

Landing is trickier, he adds.

Anyone travelling today, if you are a nervous traveller or predisposed to travel sickness, pop a tablet.

Linden Burns, MD of Plane Talking

Crosswinds of 25 knots and upwards would result in planes being grounded.

Keep revisiting the EWN #CapeStorm live blog for updates

Take a listen to Linden Burns's advice below:

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