De­lays at air­ports a headache

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

COM­MUTERS fly­ing in and out of Cairns could be slugged with lengthy de­lays if a largescale in­dus­trial ac­tion takes ef­fect in the lead up to Easter.

The largest dis­tur­bance to the Far North is ex­pected to take place to­day, Holy Thurs­day, a day when at least 40,000 Aus­tralians are booked to travel abroad along with thou­sands of in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors head­ing home.

A spokes­woman for the Cairns Air­port said while the strike mainly con­cerned the Aus­tralian Bor­der Force and the Com­mu­nity Pub­lic Sec­tor Union, the air­port would work to en­sure de­lays were min­i­malised. As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Strate­gic Bor­der Com­mand, Clive Mur­ray en­cour­aged trav­ellers to resched­ule if cir­cum­stances al­lowed.

“The Depart­ment (of Im­mi­gra­tion and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion) recog­nises this will cause in­con­ve­nience and have an im­pact on the trav­el­ling pub­lic.

The Aus­tralian Air­ports As­so­ci­a­tion ad­vised pas­sen­gers to turn up three hours be­fore their flight, and pro­ceed “straight to Cus­toms” af­ter check-in. Cairns, Townsville, Dar­win, Ade­laide and Perth were those tar­geted on day one by sched­uled stop-works rang­ing from two to eight hours in length.

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