Brisbane flight pushed
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.