Ten young people got an insight into Port Hedland International Airport’s operations with a behind the scenes tour this week as part of the JD Hardie Youth Zone holiday activities.
Mayor Kelly Howlett said the young people – ranging from age 10 to 12 – had a firsthand look at the many aspects that go into running an airport.
“They went behind the scenes to see how baggage handling, security screening and check-in facilities work,” Mayor Howlett said.
“The group also saw how planes are re-fuelled and were lucky enough to see planes land and takeoff while listening to radio transmissions.
“It really was a day-in-the-life of operations at the Port Hedland International Airport.
“Hopefully some of the kids have now been inspired to learn more about the aviation industry and maybe make it their career path.”
Tour member Michael Cullen, 12, said it was a privilege to go on a tour of the airport.
“They put us on the baggage conveyor. I loved it,” Michael said.
Breanna Bolton-Taylor, 11, said her favourite thing was seeing the plane take off.
“Oh and also going through where they put the bags,” Breanna said.
Fellow St Cecilia’s student Amy Pearson, 11, was just as excited about the airport tour.
“When we got to see the plane come in and we saw it rush through – that was my favourite thing,” Amy said.
“I’m going to go and research planes now.”
Mayor Howlett said the Port Hedland International Airport precinct was undergoing a major redevelopment with Council investing $70.5 million over the next five years.
“The redevelopment has been identified as one of Council’s top priority projects and will include refurbishments, infrastructure upgrades, new subdivisions and new business opportunities.
“Taking advantage of the location, existing facilities and available land, the Town will transform the Port Hedland International Airport into a world-renowned air, tourism and freight hub.”
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER 2012
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