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A South Australian woman is appealing to the South Australia Department of Health and Ageing the South Australian Government to lift the airport curfew that could mean life or death for her father.

Bianca Hicks says her father has suffered an illness for more than 10 years and is in desperate need of a new liver.

However, the greatest barrier to chances of survival is not finding a viable donor, but getting the organ in time.

Adelaide Airport has a flight curfew, meaning no planes can come in between 11pm and 6am. There is a three-hour window to get a matching organ from the donor to the recipient, so if an organ became available in another state at, say, 1 or 2am, it could not be sent to Bianca’s father because a plane could not land at Adelaide Airport.

Bianca has started a petition asking the authorities to revise this rule, making an exception for air craft carrying lifesaving organs.

“For my father’s sake, and the sake of all those people currently waiting for this priceless gift, please revise the Adelaide Airport curfew for the purpose of organ transportation,” she writes on Change.org.

At the time of writing, Bianca’s petition has received almost 18,000 signatures from people who support this change.

You can find the petition here.

Do you agree that the airport curfew should be lifted for aircraft carrying transplant organs? 



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  1. I believe the time has changed in the morning now and that they now allow planes to fly into the Adelaide Airport after 5am. I know this because recently on a Flight from Hong Kong to Adelaide. We were told by the Captain in his speech before taking off that we were waiting in Hong Kong for 20 mins and then taking off as if we left earlier we would get into Adelaide before 5 am…..and breaking the curfew costs the Airline Cathay Pacific $185,000 in a fine. What a great Captain as we touched down at 5.03am three minutes after the curfew stopped. So not sure if that is only international planes but think it would be for the whole airport surely. Perhaps the writer of the story could check with Airport Management

  2. Yes, they have all night standby staff don’t they? Saving a life is way more important than interrupting peoples sleep

  3. This suprises me as I live in country SA and I know that the RFDS fly in and out at all hours. I understand the large commerical aircraft don’t because of the noise factor. But small emergency aircraft definitely do.

  4. It’s hard to believe they would have such a curfew, I would be prepared to give up my sleep if it was to save a life, as I’m sure anyone would because you never know when you might need such a service for a loved one. JUST DO IT BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

  5. Quite simply, the exception should be the rule.

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