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Passengers had a glimpse of what Whitsunday Coast Airport will look like in the future on Saturdayafter receiving six commercial flights and one private jet in one day.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the increase in commercial planes from three to six was because ofdiversions from Hamilton Island due to poor weather and a recovery flight from Friday.
“We had four commercial aeroplanes and one private jet on the ground at the same time and theWhitsunday Coast Airport crew and facilities managed wonderfully,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Along with the usual three scheduled flights on a Saturday from Tiger Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia, we also had two diverted planes from Hamilton Island; a Jetstar and Virgin flight, and one recovery Virgin flight delayed due to poor visibility from Friday afternoon.
“It is testament to how efficiently and effectively our staff work that the airport managed double the normal amount of flights with ease.
“It is also an indication that Whitsunday Coast Airport facilities and staff are ready to take moreflights into the airport.
“Thanks must go to the Whitsunday Coast Airport staff, our airline partners Tiger Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia and the ground handling agents from Australian Handling Agency (AHA) and Skystar Airport Services, for working so effectively to manage the changing situation,” she said.
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