Melbourne Airport gas drama over

LATEST:  A gas leak that forced the evacuation of more than 100 passengers from a Melbourne Airport terminal has been resolved.


Travellers and staff were evacuated from terminal four, home to Tigerair, at 11.15am as a preventative measure but the problem was fixed at 1pm, according to an Airport spokeswoman.


Departure of the 12.30pm Tigerair flight to Brisbane was delayed until 1.45pm as a result of the evacuation, the spokeswoman said. There were about 150 passengers on that flight. All other flights were unaffected, she said.


The problem began at 11am Thursday when an excavator damanged a main gas supply line, a Meropolitan Fire Brigade spokesperson said. About 130 passengers were evacuated after airport firefighters alerted the brigade to the leak.



A Tigerair spokeswoman said the terminal was evacuated about 11.15am.


One flight from Adelaide arrived about noon into the terminal but was able to park in the Virgin area, she said.


“Passengers on this service have disembarked and collected their baggage at the Virgin baggage collection area in the main terminal away from the incident,” the spokeswoman said.