Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Air traffic services resume operations in North Queensland

Media Release

DC092/2016

18 August 2016

Flights to and from Cairns and Mackay have resumed following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake off the north Queensland coast.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said that safety assessments have been carried out to ensure that no structural damage was caused to the Airservices air traffic control towers at Cairns and Mackay Airports.

Staff were evacuated from towers at both airports following the earthquake.

"The safety of passengers and staff is always paramount," Mr Chester said.

"These safety precautions meant that five aircraft were diverted to alternate destinations including Townsville, Brisbane and Rockhampton.

"I have now been advised that Airservices staff have resumed operations in air traffic control towers. Flight delays are still expected however airport operators and airlines are working to resume normal flight services as soon as possible."