Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Airport to Remain Open despite Recent Weather

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Airport to Remain Open despite Recent Weather

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THE Gladstone Airport will remain open in all but extreme weather conditions, according to the Gladstone Regional Council.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the Gladstone Airport cancelled a number of flights due to planes not being able to land, however, it did not close.

"Over the last week the airport was not closed at any time by council, the airport owner and manager or the aviation regulators," Airport portfolio spokesperson Councillor Clyde Cameron said.

"The decision to attempt an approach is solely that of the pilot who must comply with the relevant safety rules.

"During the period of the runway works Air Services Australia determined that the lowest altitude an aircraft could descend to without the pilot having the runway in sight was 1480 feet."

Cr Cameron said this height is commonly known as the approach minima and prior to the works the minima was 700 feet.

"It is unfortunate that in the lead-up to this change the region has been subject to days of low cloud and, despite the greater runway length, pilots have had to comply with the standard that was imposed during the construction period. …

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