Airnorth has retained the contract to provide chartered air services to Glencore’s McArthur River Mine (MRM) in the Northern Territory, Australia.
The five-year extension was awarded following a detailed competitive tender process. MRM General Manager, Sam Strohmayr, said: “In 2017, we contributed AUS$370 million to the economy with a significant proportion of that being spent here in the Territory through 500 individual companies. Airnorth is a key partner in our business, supporting not only our operation but also the community of the Gulf region. We’re delighted that this excellent service will continue.”
MRM is Airnorth’s largest contract charter client, requiring the most services and highest number of passengers uplifted per year.
Airnorth CEO, Daniel Bowden, said: “This contract extension will now mean that since the mine commenced operations in the early 90s Airnorth have provided air services for 24 of the 32 years they will have been operating. It’s a testament to Airnorth’s ability to service large mining and resource companies in some of Australia’s most challenging environments. We continue to do that, year in and year out, primarily due to the commitment and skills of our staff whom provide excellence in safety, on-time performance and outstanding customer service.”
The possibility remains for an expansion of services, pending approval for the current Environmental Impact Statement for MRM.