Travel services are to be increased in the South West to cater for a growing demand by fly-in, fly-out workers.
Over 1000 South West FIFO workers are now catching the bus to the Perth Airport.
After the July school holidays, South West Coach Lines will start running four trips to the airport from Bunbury and Busselton.
South West Coach Lines general manager Lisa Shreeve said road safety had increased for everyone.
“Which is great for FIFO workers but also very convenient for people catching planes from the domestic or international airport,’’ she said.
“The response has been so good that will be returning straight down Roe Highway from the airports, 4 times a day now at 7.50am, 1.50pm, 7.15pm and 9.45pm.”
Ms Shreeve said posts on the South West FIFO Facebook group had found that miners and partners were very concerned about driving home after completing a 12 hour night shift and a flight to Perth.
“There are also issues with the cost of parking, multinovas, long trips for young children if a partner was driving the miner to the airport, vehicle wear and tear and the rising cost of fuel,’’ she said.
“But the number one issue coming through was the concern of wives hearing stories about their husband nearly falling asleep while driving home.’’
The service is available to anyone catching a plane out of the domestic or international airport by booking online at ww.southwestcoachlines.com.au”
A netsaver adult fare booked online from Busselton to the airport is $45 and from Bunbury $40.50.