Bush Pilots Tout $16,000 Adventure as Australian Mines Close


Alliance AviationMine workers board an Alliance Aviation Services flight in western Queensland. Source: Alliance Aviation Services Ltd. via Bloomberg

Three years ago, Scott McMillan bought a Fokker 70 jet to fly workers to sites including BHP Billiton Ltd.’s Olympic Dam, Australia’s largest underground mine. He’s now taking U.S. retirees on outback adventures that cost almost $16,000 a head.

McMillan, managing director of Alliance Aviation Services Ltd., hopes tourism revenue will help reverse a slide in earnings since the company listed in 2011 as a provider of flights to the mining industry. He’s thinking along the same lines as Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens, who hopes tourism can help offset slumping resources investment…

Bush Pilots Tout $16,000 Adventure as Australian Mines Close

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