Planes pack airport
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.