Santas on schedule and on his way to you if youre asleep
By MARY MANN firstname.lastname@example.org
WITH only hours to go until Santa touches down at Lismore Regional Airport, Aaron Thelander is trying to be as good as possible.
The airport supervisor has been busy preparing an assortment of snacks from the Regional Express in-flight menu, which he will leave out for Santa and his reindeers tonight.
Mr Thelander said Santa's global flight path had recently been handed final approval by air traffic controllers, so the boys and girls of the North Coast can be assured Santa will be visiting them.
"We are hoping for strong tail winds, so he can get here as quickly as possible," Mr Thelander said.
"It looks like there won't be too much ice up there, and all the airplane pilots know to look out for him. It should be a hassle-free flight for Santa and his crew."
Airservices Australia spokesperson Terry O'Connor said some details of the flight path had to be kept secret because of the magical nature of Santa's flight.
"Santa will not allow us to reveal the exact route or timings, because he does not want to tempt children to stay up waiting for him," he said.
"Santa has asked us to remind children he doesn't visit houses where the children are awake. Air traffic control will give him top priority to ensure he can deliver presents on time."
The path will see Santa fly down the international dateline, across New Zealand and then into Australian airspace tonight.