City of Karratha

Significant step forward for inter-regional flights

02 Jul 2019

A proposal for inter-regional flights in the north of the State took a significant step forward on Friday.

City of Karratha and Shire of East Pilbara each resolved at their June Council meetings to support an Aviair proposal for new flight connections between regional centres in the North West.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said improving connectivity across the north of WA has been a priority for the City of Karratha for a number of years.

“Working with our partners, toward the end of 2018, the City of Karratha released an Expression of Interest for inter-regional flights, receiving proposals from a number of aviation companies,” Cr Long said.

“Since receiving the proposals we have been working closely with the Shire of East Pilbara, industry partners, the State Government, Federal Government, other local governments and the preferred tenderer, Aviair, on a viable commercial agreement that would provide improved connection between key centres in the North West.

“The City of Karratha and the Shire of East Pilbara have both agreed to support a tender proposal provided by Aviair and will continue working with the airline to secure further partners and finalise details of the service.”

Shire of East Pilbara President Lynne Craigie said the inter-regional flights proposal was a good result for businesses and residents throughout the Pilbara region.

“Having additional flight connections will allow for improved business activity and better access to Government services, saving time and removing locational barriers,” Cr Craigie said.

“The Shire of East Pilbara is excited by the possibilities that will be opened up by the proposed services and looking forward to the continued progress of these flight options.”

Aviair Managing Director Michael McConachy said he was pleased with the outcome and was looking forward to working with the City of Karratha, Shire of East Pilbara and other relevant stakeholders to lock in the final details.

“Aviair already has a significant presence in northern WA and is eager to work with partners to progressively grow a sustainable network of inter-regional flights throughout the north of the State,” Mr McConachy said.

Negotiations with further partners are ongoing.

An announcement around flight routes, schedules and pricing is likely in coming weeks.