The Northern Territory's Business Minister is writing to some of Australia's biggest oil and mining companies, asking them to consider Alice Springs as a hub for their fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers.

Peter Chandler says many workers from the east coast of Australia are being flown to Perth, before flying into the regions for work.

He says the Alice Springs Airport is a better geographical and economic option than Perth Airport, for companies and airlines.

"Eighty per cent of the people that fly into Perth from the eastern seaboard only turn around and fly back up into the regions," he said.

"Why now just spend six hours on an aircraft, flying from Sydney to Perth for instance, and then another couple of hours up into the regions, why wouldn't you go via Alice?

"Now I'm sure Alice has got capacity, I'm sure this might involve someone needing to build some kind of hotel."

Mr Chandler says, on a recent trip to Perth, he was struck by the congestion caused by FIFO workers at the Perth Airport.

"Why wouldn't you hub out of Alice Springs to go into the north areas of Western Australia, rather than fly all the way across to Perth, only to turn around and fly back up into the regions?" he said.


Publishing Services International Limited (PSIL) is the publisher and operator of a worldwide network of online news sites dedicated to delivering fair, accurate and relevant reporting from a variety of the world’s most trusted sources – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns.

We deliver positive and powerful messages to our readers, providing up‑to‑the‑second news that matters to the individual.

Our promise is to serve communities and individuals worldwide, delivering information that hasn’t always been available to them. We will give them back a voice – a voice that’s empowering because it is theirs – and provide a platform to communicate between themselves and the world.

We believe people are not just generic demographics; they are individuals with their own preferences and curiosities. We are about understanding these individuals, listening to them, and serving them.

We are the new pioneering spirit of news – we’re not talking to everyone, we’re talking with every one.

If you want your news, your voice, your way, on your time – we’ve got news for you.




If you have any questions or concerns please email us on


  • Australia, Toll Free 1-800-983-421
  • Hong Kong, Toll Free 800-906-187
  • Singapore, Toll Free 800-852-3871
  • USA/Canada, Toll Free 1-800-830-4132

Advertise With Us

Interested in being awesome?
Contact us by email or phone.