Skippers Aviation will continue to service the Perth-Carnarvon/Monkey Mia and Perth-Northern Goldfields airline routes beyond February 27, 2016 when current agreements are due to expire.
To ensure seamless continuation of air services, the State Government will extend the current airline arrangements on the two regional air routes which include the towns of Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Wiluna, until June 27, 2017.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the extension of the agreement with Skippers would provide a robust solution until longer term air service route arrangements are fully considered and finalised.
Flights on both airline routes are expected to remain unchanged.
Skippers Aviation was established in 1990 and now operates a fleet of 28 aircraft.
"Skippers have over 25 years' experience providing air services to commercial passengers and the resources sector in Western Australia," Mr Nalder said.
The decision on the Carnarvon/Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields services follows the Government's recent announcement of Rex as the preferred operator of the Perth-Albany and Perth-Esperance routes. Flight schedules are expected to be released soon.
The Department of Transport continues to explore options for the Perth-Derby route with the aviation industry.
For more information about the routes, visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/aviation/review-of-regulated-air-routes-in-wa.asp
- In July 2015, the Department of Transport initiated the tender process for the regulated air routes of Albany, Esperance, Carnarvon/Monkey Mia, Leonora, Laverton, Mount Magnet, Meekatharra, Wiluna and Derby
- Since 2011, Skippers Aviation has operated on the regulated routes under agreements which were due to expire on February 27, 2016
- For more information on Skippers Aviation please visit their website
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