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.
DJARINDJIN COMMUNITY AIRPORT
In 2010 Broome International Airport (BIA) invested in Djarindjin Community Airport to extend the reach of the company’s airport service. The project was a joint venture with Djarindjin Aboriginal Community (DAC), located 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.