Xstrata extends FIFO contract

Xstrata Copper has extended its existing fly in fly out contract with Alliance Aviation.

The contract, between Alliance and Xstrata's Ernest Henry mine, has extended the service by another two years, with the option for an additional year's extension.

The agreement means Alliance will continue to provide 12 weekly flights to Cloncurry from Townsville, Cairns, and Brisbane.

It builds on a contract dating back to 2003.

The flights will service Xstrata's growing Ernest Henry mine, Mount Margaret, and its Lady Loretta copper and zinc mine, which has begun first production ahead of schedule.

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