After a around an hour on the ground, it then departed to Horn Island in Far North Queensland but as UTY572. VH-NKQ then returned to Brisbane as UTY573.
It appears that this closed charter was to ferry school students from Rockhampton home to Far North Queensland for the forthcoming holidays.
Meanwhile, on Monday 23 March, three Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jets were noted calling into Roma Airport on what looked to again be Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights from and back to Brisbane. VH-QQY flew as UTY3350/1, VH-JFE flew as UTY3352/3 and VH-QQW flew as UTY3354/5.
These charters in and out of Roma Airport have been occurring on a semi-regular basis this year with 2-3 Fokker F-70 jets completing the flights.
Photo taken by 'JM' ©