Prelude: Shell and Qantas sign deal to maintain availability of Broome airfares
Written on the 30 May 2017
Earlier this week, Shell Australia and Qantas signed an agreement that will help insulate the Kimberley community from the increase in demand for airfares in and out of Broome due to oil and gas activity in the Browse Basin.
Shell's Prelude FLNG project is one of the developments that will contribute to the increased demand for fares. The agreement means Qantas will upgrade their aircraft to accommodate more passengers and Shell will block buy seats for Prelude staff in advance to preserve the availability of fares accessible to the public. Shell will block buy flexible and fully flexible fares for Prelude staff to and from Broome so that the availability of Red e-deals is not affected.
Shell Australia Vice President Prelude, David Bird said; "Shell Australia is very pleased to be working with Qantas to ensure that our activities do not impact on the availability of airfares to and from Broome."
"This agreement is a positive development for tourism and local passengers and is representative of Shell's commitment to working collaboratively with the communities in which we operate."
The Prelude facility is currently being constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea. Once complete it will be towed to the project site where it will be connected to the
Prelude gas field, 475km north-north east of Broome. Significant cash flows from the project are expected in 2018.
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