Room for public passengers
A new Perth to Onslow return flight will accommodate more paying passengers between the two towns than ever before.
Seating on Virgin Australia flights between Perth and Onslow has until now been predominantly reserved for mining company workers, with a handful of seats left over for the public. But the new passenger return flight that took off on Tuesday, February 2 will have the majority of seats available for public purchase.
A BHP Billiton spokesman said while the company had arranged this flight for its Onslow workers, it had consulted the airline and the Shire of Ashburton about using it as a way to improve access for the Onslow community.
Shire president Kerry White said the Shire welcomed the flight’s greater general passenger seating.
“The flights have been provided to service the BHP workforce, although the 100-seat plane is only taken up by about 20 BHP employees, so there is plenty of room for locals and tourists to use the extra seats,” she said.
“There has been no Tuesday service available til now for the fee-paying public (on the Chevron/Bechtel flights) so this is a great opportunity for Onslow.”
A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said the flight was a response to customer demand and was running on a six-month trial.