Fly in-fly out services for SA’s mining and petroleum sector set to be boosted

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With the unveiling of the first of two new Embraer 120 Brasilia 30-seat aeroplanes at Air South’s Adelaide Airport terminal, South Australian-owned AE Charter Services – which operates Air South and Rossair – announced that it is expanding its fleet of aircraft.

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“The introduction of these aircraft gives companies and governments a real alternative to the traditional Australian airlines in transporting their people to regional areas, with the flexibility of working to their own specific schedules, particularly those who wish to reside in the Adelaide region, in an efficient, safe and cost effective way,” said Air South-Rossair Director Mark Lindh.

The Embraer 120 Brasilia is one of the fastest 30-seat aircrafts available for charter out of Adelaide.

The second Embraer 120 Brasilia is scheduled to be delivered in the beginning of 2015.

AE Charter Services will also add an extra seven operating staff to take its total South Australian-based pilot and cabin crew workforce to 23.

The expansion of the services is set to support growth in SA’s mining and petroleum sector, said Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis in a news release.

“The addition of these aircraft means resources companies can transport their workers on faster and more frequent services to our mining centres and in particular to the State’s Cooper Basin, which is the most productive onshore oil province in Australia. AE Charter Services’ decision to expand has been assisted by the State Government’s $4 million commitment to build a new airstrip at Innamincka in the State’s far North,” Mr Koutsantonis said.

“In the 2014-15 State Budget we provided funding for the construction of a new open access, sealed airstrip at Innamincka in the Cooper Basin to service the oil and gas industry and the local community. Once built, the new airstrip will be used by the larger Embraer 120 Brasilia planes along with aircraft in AE Charter Services’ current fleet, meaning mining crews can be delivered closer to operational mining centres. It is an example of how the growth in the resources sector, coupled with strategic State Government investments can underpin economic opportunities in other industries.”