Chaos as a major Australian airport is suddenly evacuated as frustrated passengers vent: ‘We are going to be here for HOURS’
- Thousands evacuated from Perth Airport after kitchen fire in terminal four
- Fire extinguished and terminals reopened to travellers, some delays expected
- Arriving passengers were stuck on grounded planes on tarmac, unable to get off
Thousands of passengers have been evacuated from Perth Airport, sparking widespread chaos.
The airport has confirmed a ‘small’ kitchen fire inside a restaurant in terminal four sparked the emergency on Tuesday afternoon with the entire airport evacuated as per ‘safety procedures’.
The fire was extinguished by the time firefighters arrived.
The terminals have since been reopened to travellers.
‘Delays for some departing flights are expected,’ a spokeswoman added.
Perth Airport was evacuated on Tuesday, forcing travellers to wait outside the terminal
The incident has also caused delays for arriving flights with passengers stuck on planes grounded on the tarmac.
‘Perth airport has been evacuated because there was a fire/smoke and my mum and sister are stuck on the plane and been told they can’t get off,’ one woman said.
Photos show long queues of travellers waiting outside the terminal, including dozes of FIFO workers
‘We were going to be here for HOURS #sendwine,’ one man tweeted.
Another wrote on Facebook: ’24 hours of travel and five minutes sitting in the Qantas club I really appreciate Perth Airport throwing me a celebratory fire evacuation.’
One frustrated traveller claimed there were flight delays before the blaze,
‘I’ve had seven consecutive FIFO flights delayed by at least an hour,’ he said.
The mass evacuation at Perth Airport was sparked by a kitchen fire. Pictured are passengers evacuating the terminal
Travellers were ordered out of the terminal to wait outside and has since been given the all clear to come back into the terminal