The Handbrake is planning to be in Brisbane during the school holidays and we thought it would be nice to meet down there and drive home together rather than me flying all the way home as I normally do. My little charter flight gets in to Townsville at a reasonable hour, anywhere between 6.30 pm and 7.15 pm, early enough, you might think, to allow me to get a flight to Brisbane that night.
Think again. The last flight from Townsville in the evening departs at 6.20 pm so I might as well forget any vaguely romantic ideas of getting down there the same evening. How about from Cairns ? The same story, only worse. The last flight form Cairns leaves at 5.10 pm which is frankly quite pathetic. What wally came up with these timetables ? It's not a problem if you're travelling from Melbourne, of course, the last flight to Brisbane leaves at 9.15 pm.