Saturday, August 1, 2020

Hamilton Island 'Re-opens' with RPT Arrivals and Private Pilatus Aircraft PC-24 Corporate Bizjet VH-FGM Also Popping in!

The much anticipated 're-opening' of Hamilton Island came about on Saturday 1 August following its mid-March shut-down due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  At Hamilton Island Airport, Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) movements were confined to two Dash-8-Q400 services from and back to Brisbane and a sole Qantas Boeing B737-800 service from and back to Sydney.

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RPT flights into Hamo seems to have been occurring since mid-July with it believed that essential workers and residents of the Island have been utilising these flights.

Meanwhile, one notable arrival into Hamilton Island Airport on Saturday 1 August was privately owned and operated Pilatus Aircraft PC-24 'Super Versatile Jet' corporate bizjet VH-FGM.  It arrived from Adelaide and Port Lincoln.

After around an hour on the ground, VH-FGM returned directly to Adelaide.

And a couple of light General Aviation (GA) visitors to Hamilton Island Airport also on Saturday 1 August included Raytheon G58 Baron VH-OCC which arrived from the Gold Coast, and Beech A36 Bonanza VH-LIG which arrived from Archerfield.

Finally, it's worth noting another bizjet around the region also on Saturday 1 August with Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-SIY noted completing airwork at Biloela / Thangool Airport while on a flight out of and back to its Sunshine Coast base.

Great to see the Whitsundays open for business again!

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