Interesting the plane had to divert to Sydney why not just back to Canberra or Adelaide which are both closer and not as busy?Um, I wonder if the person who wrote several international flights were diverted away from Melbourne earlier in the week due to insufficient **avgas*** supplies at Melbourne Airport, actually knew international flight do not use avgas unless it is a piston powered aircraft. Try kerosene, not petrol, based fuel in jet aircraft eg Jet A-1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_fuel
Must be the week for it as several international flights were diverted away from Melbourne earlier in the week due to insufficient avgas supplies at Melbourne Airport meaning the aircraft could not be guaranteed the required amount of fuel for refueling purposes.
As you say Petan it is certainly kerosene.
The YMs and I arrived at Tullamarine around lunchtime last Saturday 29/7 on a Thai flight from Bangkok when we sat outside the terminal for 35 minutes or so waiting for a gate. This was during the gale force winds that were buffeting Melbourne at the time. The aircraft, although stationary at the time, rocked and 'jiggled' in the wind the whole time.
Back to the kerosene! During our waiting time, the aircraft cabin filled with kerosene fumes causing eye and throat irritation which lasted for at least an hour after deplaning. I don't know what could have been done to alleviate this but given the particular cabin crew on the flight I doubt that they would have either known of the problem nor cared.
There was good and bad news even after that in that everyone waited for over half an hour for their bags to start coming out (bad news) but the good news was that our cases were first onto the belt and 5 minutes later we were through Customs and into the car park.