AUSTRALIA'S biggest fly in, fly out charter company has started a shuttle service for miners from Hervey Bay to Brisbane and Emerald.
A 100-seat Fokker 100, owned by Queensland-based Alliance Airlines, will leave Hervey Bay one week on a Monday and return the following week on a Thursday.
Alliance Airlines managing director Scott McMillan said the flight was a closed charter so the seats were not for sale to the general public.
"We'd expect that the number of workers flying out of Hervey Bay would gradually increase as workers get to know we are now operating through the region," Mr McMillan said.
Alliance Airlines, which started operations in 2002, operates a fleet of 25 aircraft including the Fokker 100 and Fokker 70 jets and Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft in Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
The company flies six FIFO services from Brisbane to Emerald four days each week, and operates services for most major mining companies in Australia.
Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said the service could attract mining workers to the region.
"The council is optimistic that the arrival of Alliance Airlines services will add weight to our Live Here, Work There campaign," Cr Kruger said.