Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Transport

    Regional air routes to be tendered

    16/07/2015 6:00 AM
     
    • Regulated air routes announced after extensive consultation and route analysis
    • Balancing economic conditions for each route with community's need for air services

    The State Government will soon call tenders for the provision of regular public transport air services to various regional towns in Western Australia for five years beyond February 2016.

     

    After an extensive review of eight regional air routes, the State Government will invite tenders from airline operators to provide 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.

     

    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, a competitive tender process would be undertaken.

     

    "The upcoming tender process will award rights to a single operator to provide air services on each individual route beyond February 2016, with government setting the maximum passenger fares, a certain level of flight frequency and on-time performance standards," Mr Nalder said.

     

    "This is a win-win for communities and travellers - it gives the traveller access to a regular air service and the airline greater certainty to provide services on the route.

     

    "An adequate level of air services is important for many regional towns to ensure community access and economic development."

     

    The Department of Transport has consulted extensively with stakeholders and local community representatives. The outcomes of the final report considered the public comments received on the position paper on the review of regulated RPT air routes released in 2014.

     

    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

     

    Fact File

    • Since 2011, Skippers Aviation, QantasLink and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines have operated on the regulated routes 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
    • The route from Perth to Exmouth will no longer be regulated, allowing  other airlines to enter the market. About 90,000 passengers flew to and from Exmouth in 2013-14

    Minister's office - 6552 6400