By Courtney Trenwith
A sick passenger saves Dubai-based airline a hefty fine breaking Sydney’s 23:00 curfew
Emirates Airline was granted rare permission to land after the curfew at Sydney Airport on Sunday when a passenger became ill on board.
The Dubai-based airline already is facing a $1.5m bill after breaching the Australian city’s landing curfew three times between 2011 and 2013.
But on Sunday Australian authorities gave the airline dispensation to land up to 15 minutes after the 23:00 curfew because there was a sick passenger on board, an Emirates spokeswoman told the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Airbus A380 was due to land in Sydney at 22:30 but was 90 minutes late taking off from Dubai.
After making up time it landed at 23:13 – 13 minutes after the deadline – on a runway that usually requires an approach over water rather than the densely populated suburbs surrounding the north, east and west of the airport.
The passenger had become ill after take-off, the spokeswoman said.
Dispensation is only granted on exceptional cases by the relevant minister or his delegate. Last year only 20 were granted.
If Emirates had not been allowed to land the 500-seat A380 during the restricted period, it would have faced the cost of paying for hotel rooms for passengers and replacement flights.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
I found it really unsetteling that an airport can be fully shut down due to a curfew. I think this is using the the legal system to force such curfew for the wrong prupose.
There is very little Emirates can do about the curfew itself, but why is Emirates not changing its time slot for flying to Sydney? It seems to me that the landing slot is far to close to that redicoulous curfew time slot.