FIFO workers who live in South-East Queensland and work in the Bowen Basin coal fields could increase, thanks to the new Jetstar service from the Gold Coast to Mackay.
The Queensland coal fields of the Bowen Basin, west of Mackay are a magnet for people who are looking to work in the high-paying mining industry. Those dreams of a FIFO mining job took a step closer to becoming a reality for Gold Coasters looking for mining work. New flights by Jetstar hope to establish the Gold Coast as a FIFO hub.
In 2013, iMINCO surveyed local business people, as well as the community, as to what their views were of the Gold Coast becoming a FIFO hub for the mines in the Mackay Coalfields. The response was positive to say the least, with over 350 attending an Ashmore TAFE seminar.
The turn out was encouraging, with many locals taking away invaluable insights into the mining industry and in particular, information on Qld FIFO mining jobs.
“iMINCO provided information on how to get a mining job in Queensland”
The Gold Coast City Council also awarded a project to KPMG to survey the Gold Coast business community on their views about the region becoming a FIFO centre. A copy of the report is available here: Gold Coast FIFO hub
Jetstar is the first airline to operate direct flights between the Gold Coast and Mackay. At present about 77,000 passengers travelling to Mackay from Brisbane were from the Gold Coast region.
“strong consumer demand for the flights”
This information presented Jetstar with the opportunity to create the direct service and take advantage of strong consumer demand for the flights.
Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall said, “We`ve been keen to introduce a non-stop service between Mackay and the Gold Coast for some time and we`re delighted to announce these flights will commence from 28 June 2014.”ť
The data suggested direct flights from the Gold Coast to Mackay were something the local community showed a great deal of interest in as most spent their money driving to Brisbane, parking cars and driving back again on their return.
“new flights from Gold Coast to ease Brisbane airport travel stress”
A Jetstar spokesman indicated the new flight service was not really targeting fly-in fly-out workers, however the decision to put on the extra planes came about owing to Jetstar noticing many passengers travelling between Brisbane and Mackay lived on the Gold Coast.
This created unwanted stress and extra expense, so why not relieve the existing passengers of the need to drive an extra 200 km for a round trip.
“makes the commute much easier for many families”
But with so many fly-in fly-out workers on the Coast the new direct flight will no doubt make the commute much easier for many families.
To celebrate the launch of the Mackay-Gold Coast route, fares are on sale from $49 one-way until March 17 for selected travel periods in 2014.
One-way lead tickets between Mackay and the Gold Coast start from a low $79.
On the other side of the coin, Peter Yared, who is President of the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce, said he was delighted at the new service and that it may attract more mine workers to base themselves on the Gold Coast.