Fortescue Metals has celebrated the first of its charter flights from Busselton to operations in the Pilbara, as part of its new flight service from the South West region.
The South West region houses Fortescue’s second largest regional FIFO hub after the Pilbara, where over 600 team members are based.
Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines said that under the 12-month trial, the extension to the company’s flight network will see weekly flights utilising F100 aircrafts to its Eliwana and Solomon mining hubs.
She said Fortescue was ‘the only Pilbara-based mining company’ with flights between all its mine sites and the major communities of Karratha, Port Hedland, Broome, Kununurra and Fitzroy Crossing.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to regional FIFO workforces, Fortescue is extending our flight network to Busselton to support our team members living in the South West region with more flexibility and family-friendly options,” Ms Gaines stated.
“In line with our commitment to ensuring regional communities benefit from our growth and development, we are confident this service will provide significant economic benefits and offer new job opportunities for people living in Busselton and surrounding towns.”
Fortescue Eliwana General Manager Katie Charuga-Andrijasevic added: “The safety and wellbeing of the Fortescue family is our highest priority and the introduction of this new service will assist our team members and contractors with managing their fatigue by reducing the need for travel between Perth and the South West region.”