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.
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.