Wednesday, July 22, 2015

More Disruptions and Diversions from Hamilton Island Airport on Wednesday - For the Commercials and Bizjets!

The low cloud looks to have hung around the Whitsundays on Wednesday 22 July with yet more disruptions and diversions from Hamilton Island Airport affecting both commercial services and a bizjet.

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While it appears that the morning QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 QLK2503/2504 service from and back to Cairns, and the early afternoon Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 JST846/849 service from and back to Sydney made successful visits, it looks like three Virgin Australia services into Hamo were unable to successfully land while another was cancelled altogether.

The morning Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne (Tullamarine) was cancelled, while an 'additional' flight from Melbourne to Brisbane to Hamo diverted to Proserpine.  The regular Virgin B737-800 flight from Sydney diverted to Mackay while the regular Virgin flight from Brisbane actually turned around and landed back in Brisbane.  Again, there were no outbound Virgin flights from Hamo.

The Qantas Airways B737-800 QFA866/867 service from and back to Sydney also diverted to Townsville.  It tried to return to Hamo but again couldn't land, and so ended up returning to Sydney.

One final successful landing on Wednesday 22 July was by the rescheduled Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 charter flight with VH-FKA touching down from Brisbane.  It later departed to the Gold Coast as UTY561.

Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW was due into Hamo early on Wednesday 22 July but after being unable to land, looks to have diverted to Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport.  It appears to be still parked there.

Finally, of interest, Jetstream Aviation's (Emprja P/L) bright and colourful Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF also called into Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport on a scheduled visit on Wednesday 22 July.

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