Passengers travelling to or from Cairns Airport are being advised to contact their carrier as flights in and out of the airport are halted due to Ita.

Flights in and out of Cairns Airport have been halted as tropical cyclone Ita continues to buffet Queensland’s far north.

There were no passenger flights into or out of Cairns Airport on Saturday morning because of the cyclone, a spokeswoman for the airport said in a statement.

“People should only come to the airport if their flights are confirmed by the airline,” the spokeswoman said.

The temporary shutdown came after Ita crossed the coast near Cape Flattery about 9pm on Friday as a category four cyclone, bringing with it damaging wind and rain.

The cyclone has since been downgraded to a category one, but heavy rain continues to fall over large swathes of the far north, including Cairns.

Cairns Airport said Jetstar had scheduled services to operate into and out of Cairns from 2.25pm on Saturday.

The airport’s spokeswoman said many other flights scheduled for the weekend had been rescheduled or cancelled.

She advised passengers to call airlines for information.

The weather bureau has cyclone warnings current for coastal areas from Cape Melville to Cardwell, including Cooktown, Port Douglas and Cairns, and extending inland to areas including Mareeba and Chillagoe.

Coastal residents south of Cooktown to Cairns, including Port Douglas, are also being warned of a storm tide.

The bureau says the rain should gradually contract southwards with the system over the weekend.