New helicopter service creates $12 million investment and 20 jobs
Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips has today officially launched a new helicopter passenger service operated by Air Melbourne between Moorabbin Airport and the Yarra River CBD Heliport.
At Moorabbin Airport with the member for Mordialloc, Lorraine Wreford, Mr Rich-Phillips welcomed the $12 million investment by Heli-Express and today’s inaugural flight, saying that the new service further strengthened the Airport’s role as a major aviation hub.
“This Heli-Express link has stimulated investment of $10 million in aircraft and $2 million in construction of new heliport lounges and supporting infrastructure,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“It will create 15 jobs on the ground and up to five new pilot positions at the Moorabbin base.
“This is great news for Moorabbin Airport and Victoria’s overall aviation industry, which makes a vital contribution to the state’s economy and underpins solid performance in tourism and inbound investment.”
The Heli-Express service is a flight aboard state-of-the-art, twin-engined, eight-seat Augusta 109 helicopters. Air Melbourne already operates three luxury Augusta 109 helicopters which offer a direct service between the Melbourne CBD and Melbourne Airport.
Moorabbin Airport is one of Australia’s busiest airports and an employer of around 3,300 people. It is also home to one of Australia’s biggest flight training clusters, with 800 flight students trained each year at 16 fixed wing and rotary flight training organisations based there.
As part of this partnership, Moorabbin Airport is providing use of its airport passenger terminal, along with car parking facilities for customers of the Heli-Express service.
Mordialloc MP Lorraine Wreford welcomed the new flight service and this new opportunity for Moorabbin Airport.
“Air Melbourne is creating jobs with this new venture and making a strong investment in Moorabbin Airport,” said Ms Wreford.
Partnerships like the one between Air Melbourne and Moorabbin Airport are part of the Airport’s Master Plan to continue supporting flight training and providing a base of operations for smaller aircraft activity.
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