Bris­bane flight pushed

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

The City of Kar­ratha wants to at­tract a di­rect flight from Bris­bane to Kar­ratha as they try to de­velop new air routes to the town’s air­port.

Mayor Peter Long said they had con­ducted con­sid­er­able re­search into po­ten­tial route op­por­tu­ni­ties from Kar­ratha.

“The data col­lected sug­gests that a con­nec­tion with Bris­bane is not only in high de­mand for do­mes­tic travel, but of­fers favourable route op­tions for in­ter­na­tional travel,” he said.

Qan­tas had di­rect flights from Bris­bane, Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, un­til July 1 last year.

At the time, a spokes­woman said they had been axed in re­sponse to chang­ing con­di­tions in the do­mes­tic mar­ket, “in­clud­ing soft­ness in the re­sources sec­tor”.

Vir­gin does not of­fer di­rect flights from Kar­ratha to Bris­bane but the City has plans to work with Bris­bane Air­port to present cases to Vir­gin and Qan­tas to gauge their in­ter­est in re-es­tab­lish­ing a route.

The new Kar­ratha air­port ter­mi­nal, which has been un­der con­struc­tion since last year, will be un­veiled Septem­ber 25 by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter War­ren Truss with avi­a­tion in­dus­try and air­line car­rier rep­re­sen­ta­tives in at­ten­dance.

The City had been us­ing Price Waterhouse Coop­ers as avi­a­tion ad­vi­sors the past two fi­nan­cial years and has been look­ing to de­velop re­la­tion­ships in a bid to open up in­ter­na­tional flights to the re­gion.

Cr Long said there was a big ap­petite in the com­mu­nity to get a flight from Kar­ratha to Asia.

“We have put for­ward a very strong busi­ness case to the air­lines who at­tended Air Routes Asia 2015 ear­lier this year,” he said.

“Ini­tial re­sponses have been pos­i­tive and the air­lines are very in­ter­ested in hear­ing about the in­bound tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties and prod­ucts that the City of Kar­ratha and the Pil­bara have to of­fer.”

City rep­re­sen­ta­tives pre­sented cases to air­lines and air­ports from Sin­ga­pore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Denpasar Bali and Cebu Philip­pines at the Air Routes Asia con­fer­ence.

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