Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Airline gets on board Companion Card program

    12/12/2006 10:00 AM
     
    12/12/06

    Western Australia’s own airline Skywest, has committed to supporting the Government’s Companion Card program.

    The Carpenter Government’s Companion Card program is designed for people with disabilities who have a life long need for assistance to participate more fully in recreation, leisure, sporting and cultural events.

    Venues and services affiliated to the program allow free access to the Companion Card holders.

    Disability Services Minister Tony McRae today welcomed Skywest’s move and said it would enable much easier travel across the State for many people with disabilities.

    “This is a terrific commitment from Skywest,” Mr McRae said.

    “There are now more than 170 businesses affiliated with the companion card and it is exciting to see more and more joining the program.

    “I encourage all businesses large and small to get on board so people with a disability can participate in our wonderful Western Australian way of life.”

    The participation of Skywest now means any person with a disability travelling on their flights to any of dozens of destinations around WA, would find they could have a companion accompany them without having to pay for an extra ticket.

    Normal airport fees and charges associated with domestic travel would still be charged.

    The companion card program is administered by ACROD and information can be accessed via the website at http://www.wa.companioncard.org.au, or by telephoning 1800 617 337.

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