A review of intrastate air services announced by the State Government today will allow community and industry stakeholders to comment on the future of regional air providers.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said over the next month, the State Government, through the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, will seek submissions as part of a wider analysis of market supply and demand for our regional air services.
“Regular Public Transport (RPT) and charter air services will be included in the review, and the effectiveness of the current regulatory model will be assessed,” Ms MacTiernan said.
Submissions from service providers and consumers are expected to cover issues including:
· a balance between Regular Public Transport and Charter air services;
· passenger demographics;
· route configuration and level of route protection;
· growth trends; and
· seasonal factors.
“I encourage all interested parties to make a submission as this information will be crucial to establishing a sustainable air service for Western Australia,” the Minister said.
“The submissions will be collated and analysed by the DPI, then discussed with key groups from the Government, industry and community at an independently facilitated forum in May 2008.”
The review fulfils an undertaking given to the National Competition Council in 2004 that Government would review the current arrangements.
The deadline for submissions is April 18, 2008.
For more information and to make a submission, visit http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/aviation/565.asp.
Minister's office - 9213 6400