Transport Minister Dean Nalder today invited public comment on a proposed new approach for the regulation of eight intrastate air routes to ensure sustainable quality services for regional communities.
Mr Nalder said the State Government’s position paper for the review of regulated Regular Public Transport (RPT) air routes in Western Australia would be open for public comment until October 31, 2014.
“This is an important opportunity for the public and industry to help shape the regulatory approach to RPT air routes and charter air services beyond February 2016, when current regulatory arrangements between the State and three airlines cease,” he said.
“Western Australian regional airfares are some of the highest in Australia. Reduced regulation of certain routes may provide the opportunity for greater competition, reduced airfares, more choice for travellers, and increased services.”
Of the eight RPT routes considered in the review, reduced regulation has been recommended for three (Exmouth, Albany and Esperance) to open up competition.
The Minister said in recognition of the critical role of aviation to WA’s economic and social development, the State Government had adopted an active policy approach to aviation, including the release of the draft Western Australian State Aviation Strategy in late 2013.
To view and comment on the State Government’s review of regulated Regular Public Transport air routes in WA, visit the Department of Transport’s website at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/rpt
The position paper is based on data collected from passenger surveys in July and August 2013 on regulated RPT air routes, statistical reports, individual stakeholders meetings, and through the Aviation Community Consultation Group meetings held for each region
Of WA’s nine RPT air routes, eight have been reviewed and the ninth, Kimberley air route, is being reviewed separately
The review considers air services between Perth and regional airports including Albany, Carnarvon, Derby, Esperance, Learmonth (Exmouth), Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Monkey Mia, Mount Magnet and Wiluna
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