Perth Airport says its $750 million domestic terminal upgrade will “revolutionise” travel for fly-in, fly-out workers when it opens early next year.
But it cannot come soon enough for dozens of Northern Goldfields mines which say flight delays are costing millions of dollars in lost production.
The old adage “time is money” has never been more appropriate than with a FIFO workforce and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy says it is working with Perth Airport for a solution to scheduling concerns.
CME North Eastern Regional Council chairman Wayne Ashworth described flight delays as a “major issue”. “Everyone is being impacted in varying degrees,” Mr Ashworth said
“Some of the operations quote that quite consistently their flights are an hour-plus late. It can be quite variable and it can be quite extreme, too. When there’s a little bit of bad weather, in Perth your delays can be quite astronomical.
You can’t help the weather but delays happen all the time.” Perth Airport was the fastest-growing capital city airport in Australia for the seventh consecutive year, with 12.6 million passengers during financial year 2012, up 10.3 per cent on the previous year.