Perth Airport Diversions 11/07/12

Diversions due to fog is as follows:

-AirAsia X 9M-XXD operating XAX236 KUL-PER diverted

-China Southern B-6500 operating CSN319 PEK-CAN-PER diverted

-Cathay Pacific “unknown” operating CX136 HKG-PER diverted

-Qantas VH-QPH operating QF68 SIN-PER diverted

-Singapore Airlines 9V-SQI operating SQ224 SIN-PER delayed and put into holding pattern.

-Other airlines to be delayed are varied which include QZ8411 PER-DPS, various domestic airlines and EK425 PER-DXB

Article from perthnow.com.au:

A THICK blanket of fog over the southern half of WA has disrupted hundreds of passengers and caused chaos for flights into Perth Airport.

The widespread fog is shrouding much of WA from Carnarvon in the north to Eperance in the south east.

At least four international flights had to be diverted from Perth Airport to Melbourne, Alice Springs and Port Hedland and up to six domestic flights had also been unable to land at Perth.

China Southern, Air Asia, Cathay Pacific and Qantas international flights were affected.

Domestic flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane into Perth had to be diverted to Adelaide or Kalgoorlie.

One disgruntled traveller and PerthNow reader posted this comment: “I’m sitting at Melbourne airport – we left for Perth at 9.35pm yesterday. 400km from Perth we were told that there was too much fog to land (11.30pm Perth time). We diverted to Adelaide when we found out we would have to return to Melbourne before disembarking for Perth again. We spent 4 hours in the Adelaide terminal – no food, water, blankets or an idea when we would get home. At 6am (Adelaide time) we boarded a plane and sat waiting for it to be refueled for another hour. Now our replacement plane that was meant to leave Melbourne at 12pm is delayed until 2.30pm apparently again due to weather.”  – Wanting to go home – Amy

Charlie of Australia

Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer Brad Geatches said the fog visibility was down to about 300m when the sun rose around 7am.

He said numerous flights had been disrupted but there was nothing the airport could do about it until the fog lifted.

“It doesn’t matter what sort of airport infrastructure you have when visibility is down to 300 metres nothing happens,” Mr Geatches said.

Mr Geatches said when the flog lifts things “will get back to normal fairly quickly” but it could take three to four hours to clear backlogged flights.

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