City of Karratha

Additional air routes pegged for 2018

25 Aug 2017

Council will continue to drive negotiations with a preferred airline, further confirming its commitment to establishing both an international and an interstate flight option to and from Karratha Airport.

Previous negotiations with several airlines including SilkAir, who were initially the City’s preferred operator, were not able to reach a suitable agreement on a contract for charter services.

Since this time, the City has continued discussions with other airlines and is now looking to progress negotiations with a new preferred airline.

Positive discussions indicate that flights to Singapore could begin operation in 2018 with Council also working toward an east coast interstate connection.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said although negotiations for expanded services were complex, this time next year residents could expect to fly internationally out of Karratha Airport.

“Developing new air routes has its complexities and as well as negotiations with carriers, there are international, Borderforce and CASA requirements we need to arrange,” Cr Long said.

“We are hopeful, however, that our preferred airline will be able to begin operating flights to and from Singapore by mid-2018 and an interstate service to the east coast should be implemented even sooner than that,” he added.

“Council is very excited about the progress made in carrier negotiations and looks forward to providing our community with expanded passenger service routes from Karratha Airport.”