Central Mountain Air, Newcrest and TNDC sign air transport agreement for Red Chris mine
Central Mountain Air will provide charter flights to Red Chris mine crews based on the latest Airlift Partnership Agreement signed with the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) and Newcrest Mining.
The airline first provided charter services to Red Chris in 2012 and had an air transport agreement with the mine’s former operators, Imperial Metals Corp., since 2018.
The two-year deal will see the same charter services extend to new operator, Newcrest, which bought Red Chris located in Tahltan territory in 2019.
Central Mountain Air, headquartered in Smithers, has operational facilities in Vancouver, Prince George, Calgary and Edmonton. Charter services for mining crews are provided weekly from several assembly points – Vancouver, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Kelowna, Williams Lake, Prince George and Calgary – to Smithers and then on to Dease Lake.
The Red Chris flight charter contract cements the TNDC-Central Mountain Air partnership, established in September 2021.
The airline also offers charter flights for Skeena Resources’ Eskay Revitalization Project in the area. In addition to uniting the two long-established, economically valuable northwest British Columbia companies to service resource projects in the region, the partnership paves the way for new career opportunities in aviation. for the people of Tahltan.
The air charter contract expands the services that TNDC, the commercial arm of the Tahltan Nation, provides to Red Chris in conjunction with commercial partners.
TNDC is providing road bus crew transportation between Dease Lake Airport and the mine site, construction of the tailings impoundment area, underground mine portal exploration, underground explosives, geotechnical drilling and d exploration and transportation of concentrate.
The charter contract also complements TNDC’s growing air support business as contract operator of Dease Lake Airport.
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