Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rockhampton Airport Management releases Timeline for Re-opening

The Fitzroy River in Rockhampton reached its peak flood level of 9.2m on Wednesday 5 January at the Rockhampton City Gauge. Unfortunatly the flood level has remained stationary over the weekend at 9.1m.

As a result of advice received from the Bureau of Meteorology, with the Fitzroy River expected to remain around 8.5m until late next week, the following general recovery information for Rockhampton Airport has been released by the Rockhampton Regional Council:

Friday 14/1/2011 -
Floodwaters are expected to reduce to 8.5m by this date. Access to runways and other critical operational areas may become available for visual inspection. The inspections are anticipated to take approximately 2 working days.

After the visual appraisal a more detailed assessment of the major infrastructure elements will be conducted. These assessments should take around 3 days, depending upon access and infrastructure condition.

Wednesday 19/1/2011 -
Assuming that all critical infrastructure has not sustained major damage, remedial works can commence.

Monday 24/1/2011 -
By this date it may be possible to reinstate some aircraft operations during daylight hours only.

Airport facilities necessary for Regular Public Transport (RPT) services (e.g. QantasLink, Virgin Blue and Tiger Airways) may be possible but more information will required before this can be accurately determined.

Friday 28/1/2011 -
Unless the airport has sustained significant damage to key infrastructure, it is probable that that normal RPT services could be reinstated.

The Rockhampton Airport Management will endeavour to expedite the return to service of all RPT services but at this stage the condition of the facilities is unknown.

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