Private jet boom
The resources boom is fuelling an increase in private charter flights, with the Brisbane Airport Corporation reporting a 66 per cent jump in nonregular public transport flights and general aviation from 2012 to last year (from 17,654 to 29,376). There was unprecedented growth on intrastate flights between Brisbane and mining centres such as Roma, Moranbah, Gladstone, Mackay, Cairns and Rockhampton, says Leonie Vandeven, media and marketing communications manager for BAC. As well as ferrying fly-in-fly-out workers to mine sites, many resource companies are putting on private tours for investors from China and India, according to Adagold Aviation, Australia’s largest independent provider of private aircraft charters. Adagold’s sales and marketing manager, Osman Bahemia, says many mine owners turn to Adagold to find the right jet to impress investors while also suiting their budget.