Last year, I was traveling around New Zealand filming “ride-along” videos with people from airport-based organisations that have personnel driving airside. This was as part of my smarter airside drivers program under the Jilly Murphy Scholarship.
When the FIFO phenomenon took off*, mines required aerodromes to ferry workers in and out and staff to inspect and maintain them. Operating an aerodrome (some would later become airports), is obviously not core business for a mining company and thus, became fertile ground for outsourcing. This post explores the issues I have experienced and seen at aerodromes that have outsourced their airside activities and/or obligations.