24 Dec 2013
As the countdown for Christmas approaches, Airservices meteorology experts have kept a close eye on weather patterns to provide Santa with the latest forecast for his flight across Australia.
Airservices air traffic controllers will help guide Santa to his first stop in Tasmania as he arrives from New Zealand, before he heads to the mainland and uses Australia’s five different time zones to criss-cross the country delivering presents.
To help ensure Santa has as smooth a ride as possible, Airservices National Operations Centre in Canberra will keep Santa up-to-date with weather news throughout the evening.
Airservices Manager Corporate Communication, Rob Walker, said that Airservices worked closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to track the weather for all flights, especially on Christmas Eve.
“We’ve given Santa all our very latest weather forecasts to help him make any final adjustments to his flight path and our meteorologists will help Santa throughout the night to keep on top of any sudden weather changes,” Mr Walker said.
“Australia is such a large country that Santa may experience several different weather conditions during the night, from possible thunderstorms in Darwin to clear skies in other states.”
“But his reindeer team are experienced and he’s a very skilful pilot so we expect his flight to be successful again this year.”
Santa’s flight path is available at www.airservicesaustralia.com/santa.
Broadcast quality material, including Santa’s flight path and photos are available for download.
Audio recordings of Santa speaking with air traffic controllers as he travels through every major capital city will be available for download from the newsroom from 5.30am on December 25.
Airservices representatives will be available for interviews until 5pm AEST on 24 December. There will be no live interviews available on Christmas Day.