Saturday, 12 April 2014

Cyclone Ita Causes Disruptions at Cairns and Planespotting Photos From Yesterday

With Cyclone Ita causing havoc recently, there have been many disruptions to flights to Cairns. There have also been many aircraft departing Cairns in hope of better weather at other locations over the past few days.

Yesterday, Hinterland Aviation ferried all of their aircraft to Georgetown.

Along with this, there have been other aircraft including Customs Dash 8s depart Cairns for Darwin and other cities and towns not affected by Cyclone Ita.

Most light aircraft have either departed Cairns to locations with calmer weather or have taken shelter in hangars at Cairns Airport.

At midnight last night Cairns Airport closed for the duration of the cyclone.

The last two passengers flights to arrive at Cairns last night before the airport closed were VH-VZU operating QF786 and VH-YIB operating VA797 both from Brisbane (YBBN).

After a quick turnaround, the two 737-800s both ferried out of Cairns back to Brisbane (YBBN) as QF6145 and VA9948 respectively.

Cairns Airport is currently still closed. This morning two international flights destined for Cairns diverted to other locations:

  • Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 B-LBA was operating Hong Kong - Cairns - Brisbane as CX103, however, went direct to Brisbane without landing in Cairns. It is expected to depart Brisbane direct to Hong Kong with no stopover in Cairns

  • And Jetstar Airbus A330-200 VH-EBK was operating Narita - Cairns as JQ16 and diverted to the Gold Coast

And lastly, some planespotting photos from yesterday:

Beechcraft Baron 55 VH-KFM escaping the bad weather yesterday

QantasLink Dash 8 Q300 VH-SBI arriving 

Whilst I was at the airport, I noticed a couple of aircraft were being towed to the northern GA apron. I believe this may have been to put them in a safer location before the Cyclone Ita arrived.

One of them was Customs Reims F406 VH-YZE

And another was Barrier Aviation Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander VH-BWO

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-YFF

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUS making a wet arrival

Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-VZX

QantasLink Dash 8 Q300 VH-SBI departing after a quick turnaround

And a video of Jetstar Airbus A330-200 VH-EBD departing yesterday

Or, you can watch it directly on YouTube here: Jetstar A330-200 Wet Departure Out of Cairns


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