Fog keeps Rocky airport busy
A QANTAS Jumbo travelling from Los Angeles to Brisbane was forced to land at Rockhampton Airport yesterday.
The international flight was delayed for two-and-a-half hours when heavy fog closed Brisbane's airport.
Rockhampton Airport general manager David Blackwell said the massive Jumbo 747-400 with 300 passengers landed at the airport at 6.10am.
He said the passengers stayed on the plane during the delay. Mr Blackwell said Rockhampton Airport acted as an interna- tional diversion port for airlines including Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Air New Zealand.
"It is the only international diversion port between Cairns and Brisbane, so Rockhampton was the only place they could drop into unless they stopped in Cairns,'' he said. He said the international stopoffs at Rockhampton Airport were not uncommon.
He said the airport would receive an average of six notifications for landings a year.
Qantas airport manager Stephen Crawford said their Boeing 737 travelling from Townsville to Brisbane stopped at Rockhampton Airport yester- day morning.
He said all other flights were delayed for an hour throughout the day.
Virgin Blue media manager Amanda Bolger said their Boeing 737 travelling from Townsville to Brisbane also diverted to Rockhampton yesterday morning.