Air traffic services resume operations in North Queensland

Media Release


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."