Perth Airport passengers who missed flights due to Antonov An-225 vent frustration

19-04-2019 by admin

Passengers walking the final leg to Perh Airport. Photo: Twitter / @DRJM_Fernandez The Antonov An-225 Mriya at Perth Airport. Photo: Brendan Foster
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Passengers who missed their flights or were forced to walk up to four kilometres to get to Perth Airport on Sunday have vented their frustration online after the arrival of the world’s biggest plane caused traffic chaos.

An estimated 16,000 aviation enthusiasts headed to the international terminal on Sunday to witness the 600-tonne Antonov An-225 landing just before midday, leading to traffic being banked up for kilometres around the airport.

The unexpected gridlock caused passengers trying to catch flights to miss their plane or abandon their lift to the airport to walk or run the final kilometres of their journey.

One musician posted on his Facebook that he and another band member were forced to “run one kilometre to the airport with a sh*t tonne of music gear weighing us down” only to make their flight with “no time to spare”.

He said the other four members of the band missed the flight and had to be re-scheduled to depart later that afternoon.

Another social commentator, Ryan Albrey, complained Perth Airport had not done enough to warn passengers of the traffic delays, simply telling travellers to “come a little bit early”.

He also criticised that there were no traffic wardens around the airport to prevent plane spotters from parking their cars on the side of the road.

“Anybody that arrived for a flight today “a little bit early” definitely missed their flights,” Mr Albrey said.

“Airport Drive was a gridlocked car-park for over four kilometres.

“The lady in the car behind me had arthritis and to do as hundreds of others were doing and walk the last four kilometres to the International Terminal wasn’t an option for her.

“It was a fairly significant impact for her. She missed her flight.”

Another passenger, Kylie Peel, posted on Facebook that the traffic chaos had caused her to miss her flight to Melbourne.

“Thank you stupid big plane and all the idiots that had to stop traffic to come and see it,” she wrote alongside a photo of the Antonov AN-225 taken from inside the airport terminal.

A Jetstar spokeswoman said a “handful” of passengers missed their flight to Bali on Sunday and were rebooked on a later service.

Virgin Australia also confirmed some of its passengers missed flights and had to be rescheduled on later flights at no extra charge.

Qantas is yet to comment on how many of its passengers were affected on its Singapore-bound flight.

WAtoday reporter Brendan Foster, who was at the airport during the plane’s arrival, described the scene as a Hollywood post-apocalyptic movie” where people stuck in traffic left their cars to “gaze up at the sky waiting for a meteor to hit.”

The Antonov An-225 is due to depart Perth at 5.30am on Tuesday.

A Perth Airport spokeswoman said passengers had been urged prior to the plane’s arrival on Sunday to get to the airport early and allow extra travel time due to expected spectator traffic.

“Perth Airport expects a lower number of spectators for the departure – due to the early time and weekday slot – however, is urging all travellers to allow extra time to get to Terminals 1 and 2 if travelling on Tuesday morning,” she said.

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said the airline strongly recommended people travelling on flights on Tuesday morning allowed extra time to arrive at the airport.  Gridlock as world’s largest plane Antonov AN225 lands in Perth. Some forced to walk. Wonder how many missed flight. pic.twitter老域名/Cyiuytt8c6— Dr Joseph Fernandez (@DrJM_Fernandez) May 15, 2016

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