There were scenes of uncontrolled jubilation yesterday as the West Coast of Australia was awarded the right to host the next phase of the search for missing Malaysian Airways flight MH370. At a glittering ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, the West Coast bid saw off stiff competition from South-East India, Eastern Vietnam and Helsinki.
‘We were confident,’ said Alan Warnock, head of the west coast team, ‘because we have a lot of the infrastructure in place already and the judging panel were obviously impressed by our legacy commitment, and of course the odd bit of good old Australian hospitality doesn’t do any harm.’
The Mayor of Helsinki Jussi Pajunin admitted to being disappointed by the result. ‘We knew it was a long shot’ he told reporters ‘but it’s still a tough one to take, we’ve been promised the 2024 Olympics instead but it’s no consolation really’.