Mia Freeburn of Kingscliff TAFE is bound for LA.
Mia Freeburn of Kingscliff TAFE is bound for LA. Crystal Spencer

Mia gets flying start into future

KINGSCLIFF TAFE student Mia Freeburn is flying high with enthusiasm and excitement as she prepares to take up a 12-month internship with Virgin Blue International Airlines in Los Angeles as part of her tourism studies.

The 18-year-old student will head to Los Angeles next Wednesday along with former Kingscliff TAFE student Nate Gordon of Terranora, who is already working in the travel industry, and Lismore student Angela D’Andrea who have each won a VAustralia (Virgin Blue International Airlines Australia) internship.

“I’m so excited. And there will be a lot of things after this. It’s opened a lot of doors,” said Ms Freeburn, who hopes telling her story about winning the internship will let others know of the opportunities they can seize through TAFE courses.

“I did my certificate II (in Tourism) in Year 11 and 12 as part of my HSC subjects,” she said.

“I’ve been doing my Certificate III this year.

“I won’t finish my dip- loma before I go, but I will finish it when I come back.

“My teacher just told me about this and I just decided to go for it.”

Ms Freeburn said she would be working as an intern mostly among “ground staff” for Virgin International in Terminal 3 at LA International Airport.

“We will be at the desks, taking VIPs to the lounge and that, but doing a little bit of plane (work) as well.”

Los Angeles International Airport claims to be the world’s busiest origin and destination airport – catering for those beginning or ending their trips rather than using the airport for connecting flights.

Overall it is the sixth-busiest airport in the world for passengers and ranks 13th in the world for air cargo tonnage handled.

In 2008 it handled 59.8 million passengers and 1.8 million tons of freight and mail.

About 59,000 jobs directly attributable to its opera- tions are located on or near the airport.

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