The air route from Perth to Exmouth's airport at Learmonth will be opened up to competition.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said following today's release of the final report on the Review of Regulated Regular Public Transport Air Routes in Western Australia, other airlines would be allowed to enter the Perth-Learmonth route beyond February 2016.
"Passenger demand on the Perth-Learmonth route remains high and we see no reason to stop other airlines entering the route in the future," Mr Nalder said.
"From February 2016, the route will be open to competition. Other airlines will be allowed to enter the route at any time."
For as long as the route continues to be serviced by one operator, as it currently is, the State Government will closely monitor the route and require the airline to report on airfares, passenger numbers and on time performance rates.
The Department of Transport has consulted extensively with stakeholders and local community representatives and the outcomes of the final report took into consideration the public comments received on the position paper on the review of regulated RPT air routes released in 2014.
The State Government will soon call tenders for the provision of RPT air services between Perth and the destinations of Albany, Esperance, Monkey Mia, Carnarvon and Derby, as well as five towns in the northern Goldfields region - Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Wiluna.
The final report on the Review of Regulated Regular Public Transport Air Routes in Western Australia, which also outlines the State Government's policy for charter air services, can be viewed on the Department of Transport's website at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/rpt
- Since 2011, Skippers Aviation, QantasLink and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines have operated on the regulated routes in WA under agreements which expire in February 2016
- The position paper on the review of regulated RPT air routes in WA was released in July 2014 with 43 submissions received
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