With Gladstone Airport's new runway fully operational, Alliance Airlines flew a jet charter to Gladstone from Brisbane on Friday 12 November. Fokker F100 VH-FWI arrived mid-morning, before returning to Brisbane later in afternoon. It is possible that this charter could be the first of many with the new LNG gas projects commencing nearby.
Meanwhile, low cloud and generally poor weather in Gladstone during September saw several inbound QantasLink flights divert to Rockhampton, and others cancelled. It is believed that the runway works contributed to a higher than normal approach minima. At no stage however, did the airport close.