Airfare talks to be held in regional WA

Midwest Times
The State Government is reviewing the price of airfares on unregulated air routes in WA.
Camera IconThe State Government is reviewing the price of airfares on unregulated air routes in WA. Credit: Pilbara News, Tom Zaunmayr

A series of regional meetings will be hosted by the State Government to help guide the draft State Aviation Strategy, which is due for release by the end of the year.

The State Government is reviewing the price of airfares on unregulated air routes in WA.

As part of the review, Department of Transport representatives will visit Mid and North West towns to meet with stakeholders and offer community information drop-ins.

DoT has started collection of detailed data on unregulated air routes, and independent surveys will be conducted on regular public transport air route to understand challenges and market dynamics associated with regional airfares.

The collection of feedback and data will help inform the content and recommendations in the draft State Aviation Strategy, which will be released for public comment late this year.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti the State Government had already made strides on reducing airfares to some parts of WA.

“The State Government continues to work collaboratively with airlines, airports, mining companies and local governments to pursue innovative opportunities to help find ways to reduce airfares on regional air routes, in addition to reviewing the State Aviation Strategy,” she said.

“As a result of this collaboration and innovation, community fares are now offered on all regulated routes in WA including Albany, Esperance, Monkey Mia and Carnarvon air routes.”

A meeting will be held in Karratha on Thursday at 3pm and in Onslow on March 27 at 7am.

Geraldton will have a meeting on Monday, March 25, at 4.40pm.

The Kimberley will then get a chance with meetings scheduled for Broome on April 3 at 12.30pm, and Kununurra at 2.40pm on April 4.

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