FIFO FLIGHTS COMMENCE
March 2012 saw the commencement of the first direct FIFO flights departing from Albany to Rio Tinto’s Brockman 4 mining operation in Paraburdoo, Western Australia. Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington and City of Albany CEO Faileen James were at the airport to send the Rio Tinto workers off.
Rio Tinto announced that twenty-one experienced operators and maintenance fitters living in Albany accepted positions with the company. The Brockman 4 iron ore mining operation is situated about 60km from Tom Price in the Pilbara, and Rio Tinto employees work an 8 days on, 6 days off, 7 days on, 7 days off roster.
With FIFO flights commencing from Albany to the Pilbara, the City of Albany becomes an even more attractive prospect for people wanting to live in the region.
The City of Albany is planning for further potential future growth at the airport via an upgrade worth up to $3.5m to cope with an increase in passengers.