A decision to build the Broome heliport has been critical to the future of BIA and the community. The heliport is the biggest and arguably the best equipped in the Southern Hemisphere, taking oil and gas rig crews to operations in the Browse Basin offshore from the Kimberley coast. The Heliport is currently transporting up to 45,000 passengers year to work on oil and gas production facilities hundreds of kilometres from the coast.
These helicopters play a vital role in the energy industries tapping some of the world’s most remote and inaccessible oilfields where the world’s first floating production storage and offtake vessels are producing oil and gas for global markets. .
The heliport provides a base for a fleet of commercial helicopters carrying an average of 15 passengers at a time. It includes a complete suite of maintenance, administration and passenger service facilities. The heliport is a stand-alone facility with its own road access, parking areas, landscaping and utilities. The complex has four well-equipped hangars.
DJARINDJIN COMMUNITY AIRPORT
Broome International Airport has invested in Djarindjin Community Airport to extend the reach of the company’s airport service. The project is a joint venture with the Djarindjin Aboriginal Community near the tip of Dampier Peninsula 170 kilometres north of Broome.
The facility is ideally placed to serve as a refuelling and staging operating on the Kimberley coast near the Browse Basin oil and gas fields.
As part of its agreement with the Djarindjin community, BIA has trained local indigenous staff to provide support services for helicopters and twin engine turbo prop passenger aircraft. This includes support for the Royal Flying Doctor Service which uses Djarindjin as its main Dampier Peninsula Patient Transfer Station.