24 August 2013
Philippine Airlines Darwin flight is fueled by $35 billion gas project in Australia's Northern Territory. And Filipinos are building the 2700-bed workers' village at Howard Springs who will then construct the The Ichthys gas project.
The Japan-based International Petroleum Exploration Corporation (INPEX) is an oil and gas exploration and production company with more than 70 projects across 26 countries.
Philippine Airlines assistant vice-president for government affairs Jose E.L. Perez de Tagle disclosed that more than 50 per cent of the 1092 passengers flying in and flying out (FIFO) of Darwin Airport daily consists of Filipino workers doing construction related works for the gas project.
About 4000 foreign based workers is expected to be bussed in and out of Darwin International Airport when the Inpex project hits peak construction and there are indications that some of these low cost workers will come from the Philippines because of their proficiency of the English language.