Gateway to the Goldfields

Situated almost 400 miles east of Perth, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport offers lifeline services to those who live and work in the mineral-rich region. Chris Frame travelled to the remote facility to find out more about the airport and the work of its Royal Flying Doctor Service outpost.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder (KGI) offers a imprortant gateway to the surrounding mining sites. All images author unless stated.

It is 6am at Perth Airport on a cold and rainy August morning. Within Terminal 1 Domestic, the tannoy ding rings out, followed by a cheerful announcement inviting passengers to board Virgin Australia Flight VA1849. Its destination: Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport (KGI). A two class Boeing 737-800 services the carrier’s weekday morning run to KGI, and today it is operated by VH-YIB (c/n 37825), an eight-year-old example named Trinity Beach.

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