ROCKHAMPTON airport is preparing to become a haven for domestic and international flights, which are forced to divert away from dust-covered Brisbane.
By 5.30pm aircraft from Melbourne and Adelaide had already landed in Rockhampton and more domestic and an international flight were on their way.
Passengers were forced to disembark and wait at the terminal for the dust storm to clear.
By 6pm it wasn’t known when the aircraft would be given clearance to depart.
A council spokesperson said other domestics and an international flight were expected to arrive early evening.
Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor, Cr Brad Carter said this clearly demonstrates the capability and confidence in our airport and the adaptability shown to accommodate these aircraft.
The council owned-and-operated airport has the ability to accommodate unrestricted wide-bodied operations and is used by both domestic and international airlines.
“While it is frustrating and an inconvenience to passengers, I am thrilled that they may have an opportunity to take a little time to see some of what our region has to offer,” Cr Carter said.
“The increased passenger activity through our terminal will provide a possible short term economic boost for our hospitality industry.”
“Our award-winning airport continues to go from strength to strength, exercises such as these truly reflect on the quality of our airport’s operations and management team.”