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Sickness causes flight disruption

01 May 2012 10:58

A number of planes were grounded at Broken Hill airport

A number of planes were grounded at Broken Hill airport

Flights to and from a city in New South Wales had to be cancelled after a number of staff at Regional Express Airlines were taken ill.

A total of six flights in and out of Broken Hill were called off because of staff shortages, including two return flights from Adelaide and one from Sydney.

It meant numerous passengers were left unable to get to their destination, highlighting the need for travel insurance to protect against such incidents.

Warrick Lodge, Rex's General Manager of Network Strategy, described the event as "rare" and declared that it is not an ongoing problem, blaming crew shortages on a combination of annual leave and sick leave.

He added: "In all the statistics as published by the department of transport, Rex consistently has the lowest number of flight cancellation rates across our whole network."

The company says that Broken Hill is not the only regional airport to be affected, but it would not divulge any details of just how many flights across its network had been delayed or cancelled.