Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Rain - Wind - Low Cloud - All Cause Diversions and Delays at Hamilton Island and Proserpine Airports - UPDATED!

This post has been UPDATED and REPOSTED!

The monsoon is in full swing in the tropics during this wet season and over the last couple of days, several flights into both Hamilton Island and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airports have been either diverted or delayed.

During the afternoon on Tuesday 29 January, as we reported on our Facebook page, all flights in and out of Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport were cancelled without taking to the air.  Tigerair Australia flight TGW396/397, Virgin Australia flight VOZ1117/1118 and Jetstar flight JST830/833 were all cancelled.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 30 January, Virgin Australia was noted operating an extra flight in and out of Proserpine Airport with Boeing B737-800 VH-YFI operating as VOZ9533/9540 from and back to Brisbane.

During the afternoon on Monday 28 January, as we reported on our Facebook page, four flights inbound to Hamilton Island Airport were forced to divert after circling and being unable to land.  These included:

-  QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOP operating QLK2824 from Brisbane ended up returning to the capital.
-  Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YFQ operating as VOZ1753 from Melbourne (Tullamarine) diverted to Rockhampton Airport.  It later returned to Melbourne.
-  Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YIE operating as VOZ1497 from Brisbane also diverted to Rockhampton Airport.  It later returned to Brisbane.
-  Jetstar Airbus A320 VH-XSJ operating as JST846 from Sydney diverted to Mackay Airport.  It appears to have continued to Hamilton Island Airport and landed safely around sunset.



Hamish Armstrong / https://www.facebook.com/7NewsMackay/

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 29 January, after staying for the night, the Jetstar A320 VH-XSJ departed Hamilton Island Airport for Sydney as JST7849.  While Virgin Australia operated an additional flight with Boeing B737-800 VH-YID operating as VOZ9531/9532 from and back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, on Sunday 27 January, Virgin Australia B737-800 VH-YIA operating as VOZ1497 from Brisbane diverted to Rockhampton Airport after being unable to land at Hamilton Island Airport.  It later departed and returned to Hamo but again couldn't land.  VH-YIA then returned to Brisbane.

While also on Sunday 27 January, Tigerair Australia (Tiger Airways Australia) Airbus A320 VH-VNF operating as TGW397 from Proserpine Airport to Sydney diverted to Brisbane.  It later continued to Sydney.

It is unclear if this had anything to do with weather being a technical stop or was medical related.

Finally, it appears that most - if not all - flight into Prosie are landing ok.  Most are holding and assessing weather conditions before making approaches.

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