Passengers breathing easier
Thursday, 23rd June, 2011
Passengers brea-thed a sigh of relief yesterday morning when Regional Express resumed their flights.
As the hovering plume of ash from the Chilean volcano cleared, airlines across the country worked at clearing their backlog of cancelled flights.
Locally, flights from Sydney encountered some delays yesterday, but it was all OK for passengers going to Adelaide in the morning, according to local travel agent, Cheryl Cuy.
“Adelaide was on time this morning,” she said. “The two Sydney flights have been delayed by approximately one to one-and-a-half hours.”
Mrs Cuy said the Regional Express aircraft can fly lower than the ash cloud, which gave the airline an advantage over the 747 airplanes.
However the airline wasn’t taking any chances with the gale-force winds Adelaide was lashed with on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Mrs Cuy said a full plane of 33 passengers flew out to Adelaide yesterday and Sydney Airport “put on an extra flight for disrupted passengers.”
“We’re still getting lots of phone calls. It’s better than (Tuesday) when I had 450 phone calls an hour.”
The city’s air freight agent, Stephen Treleven, said “everything stopped” when the flights were cancelled.
Boxes of Sydney newspapers, Flying Doctor equipment, blood samples, hospital necessities and correctional services vaccines were all delayed.
“I had blood and mail on the ground because the planes just wouldn’t go,” Mr Treleven said.