Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Affordable flight boost for Coral Coast

    11/04/2019 11:30 AM
     
    • Qantas to trial $169 flights between Perth and Exmouth
    • Trial to run from June 7, 2019 with tickets on sale from today
    • Discount applies Friday to Monday on seats booked 45 days in advance
    • Complements recent one-way car hire deal with Avis

    Qantas, in partnership with the State Government, will trial affordable airfares between Perth and Exmouth over the peak travel season in 2019.

     

    The $169 fares will apply from June 7, 2019 to flights from Friday to Monday which are booked 45 days ahead of travel. This is a saving of about $180 for a return trip.

     

    The trial is part of the State Government's commitment to work with airlines and other partners to introduce affordable fares where possible.

     

    It follows the introduction of special weekend fares between Perth and Broome last year which has seen more than 19,000 passengers fly for under $200, contributing to a significant increase in leisure bookings and the average length of stay for visitors in Broome.

     

    The $169 fares can be booked online or through travel agents from today (April 11).

     

    If successful, the State Government and Qantas will expand the trial.

     

    The affordable fares follow a recent announcement by Avis and regional tourism organisation, Australia's Coral Coast, of a trial for discounted relocation fees if hiring a car to drive one-way.

     

    From April 1 to October 31, in 2019 and 2020, customers will only pay a $250 relocation fee if hiring a car to drive from Perth to Exmouth, and $150 if hiring from Exmouth and driving the vehicle back to Perth. Additional daily hire fees still apply.

     

    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

     

    "The State Government, through Tourism WA, is pleased to be working with Qantas to offer affordable travel between Perth and Exmouth.

     

    "Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef are one of Western Australia's iconic tourism experiences and this Qantas deal, coupled with the Avis one-way drive offer, will make the region more accessible to thousands of visitors.

     

    "The region is home to two World Heritage-listed areas, the dolphins at Monkey Mia, the ancient stromatolites at Hamelin Pool, one of the world's only beaches made entirely of shells and, of course, the biggest fringing reef on the planet at Ningaloo.

     

    "Both the Qantas and Avis initiatives will make it more attractive for holiday-makers to discover all of these treasures."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5600