Qantas delays flights after airspace closure | The Courier-Mail
When this happens to Qantas provide food or prewarning to passengers affected? Seems to be happening alot lately and I'm sure more will follow in the future.QANTAS has postponed all its flights into and out of Perth airport for a three-hour period from 10pm (AEDT) tonight, the airline's chief pilot said.
A number of air traffic controllers called in sick, leaving the control tower unmanned for several hours, Air Services Australia spokesman Bryan Nicholson said.
Qantas chief pilot Captain Chris Manning said the postponements, between 10pm and 1am (AEDT) were due to safety concerns prompted by the closure of the airspace in the Perth terminal area by air traffic controllers.
"Qantas had deemed it unsafe to operate in this area due the downgrading of controlled air space which would impact critical ascent and descent profiles," Captain Manning said.
"While we regret the inconvenience to our passengers, Qantas always puts safety first," he said.
Mr Nicholson said pilots entering and leaving the air space would be self-monitoring the air space during this time. He was aware Qantas had postponed its flights, but said he knew of no other airline doing the same.