Subsidised public air service to operate between Kununurra and Halls Creek
Service to operate on a 12 month trial, with extension option
A subsidised Regular Public Transport (RPT) air service allowing people to fly between Kununurra and Halls Creek will start on July 1, 2016.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the service would be trialled for an initial 12 months, with an option for a 12 month extension depending on passenger demand.
"The RPT air service, to be operated by local provider Aviair, will fly three days a week return from Kununurra to Halls Creek, providing Halls Creek residents and surrounding communities with regular access to air transport services," Mr Nalder said.
"After consulting with various communities in the Kimberley regarding the current Kimberley Subsidised Air Service (KSAS), we found the majority of users were travelling from Halls Creek, with limited numbers travelling from Fitzroy Crossing to Broome and Derby to Broome."
The trial service will replace the current KSAS, which operates on the Broome-Derby-Fitzroy Crossing-Halls Creek route.
The Minister said the objective of the subsidised air route was to provide greater access for residents in Halls Creek and surrounding communities to services available in the larger centre of Kununurra.
"Halls Creek residents and surrounding communities will now be eligible for subsidised fares when booking tickets. Non-residents are welcome to use the service, however they will receive a lower subsidy compared with Halls Creek residents," he said.
Services on the current Broome-Derby-Fitzroy Crossing-Halls Creek route will cease operating on June 30, 2016 and will be replaced with the Kununurra to Halls Creek (and return) route.
The new service will be operated by Aviair, with tickets available from June 1, 2016
The new Kununurra to Halls Creek (and return) air service schedule will be available from June 1 on the Aviair website http://www.aviair.com.au
The services will be trialled for 12 months, with a possible 12 month extension based on passenger demand
Minister's office - 6552 6400