Skywest, Western Australia’s (“WA”) premier airline is expected to benefit from a
significant increase in capacity. This follows the recently announced A$50 Billion Gorgon
Project - the biggest ever trade deal in Australia’s history. This is expected to lead to a
significant infrastructure and employment boon for WA over the coming decades and will
be Australia’s largest ever resources development.
Skywest Airlines already flies the bulk of employees to the region under its existing “fly-in
fly-out” charter contracts on behalf of various mining customers and is also the primary
provider of reliable air travel to the North West Shelf’s major service hubs such as Karratha,
Anticipating that the Gorgon Project can lead to a new wave of resource industry prosperity
and development in Western Australia, Skywest Chairman, Jeff Chatfield, commented:
“The Company is considering further expansion of the existing route network to towns such
as Onslow. This will facilitate any future travel and support infrastructure requirements due
to the Gorgon Project.”
Skywest has also recently added services between Geraldton and Carnarvon with
connections to Karratha. These new service additions have been well received by the public
and business alike.
Last week, the Company added another F100 jet to its Perth-based fleet of fifteen high
It is expected that these investments will in turn have many spin-off benefits for regional
communities and the people of Western Australia.
New safety and tracking features will soon be introduced by the airline in an extensive fleet
upgrade that sees the installation of an integrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
into its entire fleet of 100-seat Fokker jets. The integrated GNSS will not only deliver more
accurate aircraft tracking performance, which will allow for shorter approaches at night and
in bad weather, but will also save time and fuel as well as significantly enhance safety and
schedule reliability. The system will allow operation at night to certain mining related
airports that would be impossible in previous circumstances. Skywest understands that it will
be the first operator to have such facilities in operation in Australia.
Jeff Chatfield said:
“The installation of the GNSS system will allow us to meet the demand that the Gorgon
Project will create as well as the many other exciting new developments in the West
Australian resources sector. GNSS will give us the enhanced capability to increase the
number of overall flights per day and allows us to land at night at the remote and
unattended airfields typical of the major mining operations.”
The GNSS system would ensure the Fokker 100 remains a jet suitable for the missions
undertaken by Skywest for years to come.