|A busy Hamilton Island Airport in wake of TC Debbie (File photo)|
Last Sunday 30 April, Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 VH-VQK touched down from Sydney as JQ846 and broke down. Consequently, the return JQ849 flight was cancelled. On Monday 1 May, VH-VQK returned to Sydney, empty, positioning as JQ7991.
On Tuesday 2 May, Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-VUH departed Brisbane for Hamilton Island as VOZ1497 but encountered a technical problem soon after departure and consequently returned to Brisbane. After some two-and-a-half hours, VH-VUH took the air again, operating the now delayed VOZ1497 to Hamo and back to Brisbane without incident.
On Wednesday 3 May, Qantas Airways operated an additional flight into Hamilton Island Airport from and back to Brisbane with Boeing B737-800 VH-VXA operating as QFA1324/1325.
Finally, on Thursday 4 May, three New South Wales-based light aircraft touched down at Hamilton Island Airport for a short time while flying North from Hervey Bay to Cairns. Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee VH-BUJ, Cessna 182 VH-SDN and Beech 35-C33 Bonanza VH-FJF all touched down at Hamo from Hervey Bay via Rockhampton Airport. They all looked to continue North to Cairns.
Photo taken by 'AC' ©