Friday, July 9, 2010

Moranbah Aerodrome News

Moranbah is a mining town located approximately 200km West of Mackay along the Peak Downs Highway. The airport is located on the Moranbah Access Road, about 6km from the town itself.

As shown in the photo above, there is a basic terminal located in the old Aero Club building (on the right), and photography of the resident and visiting aircraft parked on the apron is easy as you can drive up to and photograph from the fenceline. An example is shown below.

With Macair failing, Moranbah (MOV) went without any RPT flights for some time, with mostly mining FIFO charters operating to and from the airport. QantasLink re-introduced an RPT service from MOV to Brisbane (BNE) in 2009.

Qantaslink has now recently increased the frequency of their BNE-MOV-BNE flights to 9 a week, operating a mix of Dash-8 type equipment on the route.

Also over recent weeks QantasLink has also been operating mining FIFO charters on the BNE-MOV-BNE run. This was operated by Skytrans for about two weeks.

This sees QantasLink operating a total of 11 times a week on this run.

Moranbah also still gets regular charter aircraft that fly workers in and out of the nearby mines.

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