Planes pack air­port

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE weather wreaked havoc with flights into Hamil­ton Is­land on the week­end re­sult­ing in some flights be­ing di­verted to the Whit­sud­nay Coast Air­port.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said this gave pas­sen­gers a glimpse of what the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port may look like in the future when the num­ber of flights are in­creased.

Six com­mer­cial flights and one pri­vate jet landed at Proser­pine in one busy day.

Mayor Whit­ney said the in­crease in com­mer­cial planes from three to six was due to di­ver­sions as a re­sult of poor weather and a re­cov­ery flight from Fri­day.

“We had four com­mer­cial aero­planes and one pri­vate jet on the ground at the same time and the Whit­sun­day Coast Air- port crew and fa­cil­i­ties man­aged won­der­fully,” she said.

“Along with the usual three sched­uled flights on a Satur­day from Tiger Air­ways, Jet­star and Vir­gin Aus­tralia, we also had two di­verted planes from Hamil­ton Is­land; a Jet­star and Vir­gin flight, and one re­cov­ery Vir­gin flight de­layed due to poor vis­i­bil­ity from Fri­day af­ter­noon.”

Mayor Whit­ney praised ev­ery­one in­volved in en­sur­ing all ran smoothly.

“It is tes­ta­ment to how ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively our staff work that the air­port man­aged dou­ble the nor­mal amount of flights with ease,” she said.

“It is also an in­di­ca­tion that Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port fa­cil­i­ties and staff are ready to take more flights into the air­port.”

BUSY: Four planes pack the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port run­way dur­ing a busy Satur­day which saw six com­mer­cial flights land.

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