New fly-in fly-out airline for Queensland
A new air charter company is promising to get Queensland miners to work and home faster.
JetGo Australia says it received the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s green light on Friday and will start flying for the fly-in fly-out market next week.
Chief executive Jason Ryder says the company’s on-demand service will free miners from the restrictions of airline schedules.
"A lot of the mining clientele want to move early in the morning or early in the evening or they may wish to fly to and from airports that aren’t serviced by schedules,’’ he told AAP.
Apart from Alliance Airlines, JetGo says it will be the only Queensland operator with small regional jets.
It has one 36-seat Embraer jet in operation and four more on order from Brazil.
Mr Ryder says JetGo will be able to fly miners from Brisbane to Cairns in the time it takes them to travel from Brisbane to Emerald on traditional services.
"It’s a jet service, so it’s almost twice as fast as the traditional turbo prop aircraft that are servicing the market at the moment,’’ he said.
"Because of the speeds, the travelling times are halved (and) mining companies are able to haul employees from further afield."
Sydney-based JetGo has bases in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton.
It services the Bowen Basin, Cloncurry, Weipa, Groote Eylandt and Mount Isa.
Its long-term plans are to start regional airline services in north and regional Queensland with the same aircraft.