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Tuesday, 21 April 2009


The Lord Howe Island Tourism Association and tourism operators report that it’s back to business as usual on the island, following the storm earlier in the week.

The island’s airport will re-open tomorrow, and the damage to the airstrip has been repaired. Four QantasLink flights from Sydney and two from Brisbane are scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, which signal a return to normal for the island’s flights and tourism operations.

“The damage to the island reported in the media has been somewhat exaggerated,” said Pixie Rourke, Chair of the Lord Howe Island Tourism Association and proprietor of Pinetrees, the oldest and largest guesthouse on the island.

“The storm caused some damage to infrastructure, including to the airstrip, and there were disruptions to the power supply. But the airstrip has been repaired, the power’s on – and the beer is still cold!”

As is the tradition on the island in the case of flight cancellations, guests have been treated to a taste of island hospitality during their extended stay.

World Heritage-listed Lord Howe is located 700km north-east of Sydney and has a limit of 400 tourists at any time.

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