Perth airport serious fuel problems -many flight cancellations

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  • cwoodward
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    Airlines have been advised not to send aircraft to Perth Airport until further notice unless they have sufficient fuel to make a return flight.”

    It’s understood some flights have been delayed since Friday night, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

    A refuelling issue at Perth Airport has grounded domestic and international flights on Saturday morning, throwing the weekend travel plans of thousands into chaos.

    Nine international and five domestic flights have been cancelled so far, with no further check-ins or bag drops allowed.

    Perth Airport said a problem with load pressure in the fuel lines was causing the issue.

    “Further cancellations are expected and in-bound flights which have not already left their departure points will also be impacted,” a spokesperson said in a statement

    “Airlines have been advised not to send aircraft to Perth Airport until further notice unless they have sufficient fuel to make a return flight.”


    SimonS1
    Participant

    All sorted now it appears.


    Rferguson2
    Participant

    The inbound non stop flight from LHR to PER and continuing on to Melbourne touched down in Karratha a small mining town about two hours flight north of Perth to take on the fuel it would need to continue to Perth, touch down, drop off passengers and then continue on to Melbourne.

    Apparently it was quite the spectacle for locals with a crowd forming at the remote airport viewing points.


    cwoodward
    Participant

    In fact the airport is the second busiest in Western Australia.

    It handles about 800,000 passengers a year and is served daily by scheduled large jets of Australia’s major airlines and there are currently about 20 scheduled flights a day.
    It is a significant city for remote Western AU with a resident population of about 23,000. Also the largest mineral mining center with a floating population of a further several thousand industry workers who are flown in and out by contract aircraft.

    Possibly the ‘spectacle’ was rather overblown by the media.


    Rferguson2
    Participant

    Correct CW, I actually grew up in Karratha 🙂

    Huge mining centre in WA with a large amount of FIFO flights (Fly in Fly out workers employed in the mining sector).

    There are multiple flights daily from Perth using 737’s and A320’s. No direct flights from any other large Australian cities and definitely no international or wide body flights.


    cwoodward
    Participant

    It’s a small world Rferguson2 I have flown around in those parts many (many) years ago – freight and such.

    If I recall correctly (and I may be mis remembering) those huge Ukrainian /Russian freighters have landed mining machinery there from time to time.


    Rferguson2
    Participant

    Absolutely CWoodward we would get the Antonovs in once every blue moon and crowds would gather to watch them land 🙂

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