11 July 2012 © David Eyre
A number of international and domestic flights were diverted to other airports, due to fog at Perth on the morning of Wednesday 11 July 2012.
The fog formed around midnight and began to impact upon flight operations from around 3am.
International diversions were:
- AirAsiaX flight D7 236 from Kuala Lumpur (9M-XXD) diverted to Melbourne
- China Southern flight CZ319 from Guangzhou (B-6500) diverted to Adelaide
- Cathay Pacific flight CX137 from Hong Kong diverted to Port Hedland
- Singapore Airlines flight SQ225 (9V-SQI) from Singapore diverted to Learmonth
- Qantas flight QF68 from Hong Kong diverted to Alice Springs.
In addition, a number of domestic flights diverted to Adelaide, including:
- three Virgin Australia flights – from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
- a Qantas service from Brisbane to Perth
- a Jetstar Brisbane-Perth.
The fog was not forecast in the aviation weather forecasts.
Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches said that he Airport would only upgrade its infrastructure to allow operations in fog if the airlines pushed for it. The upgrade would cost around $20 million, and fog is quite infrequent at Perth.