Room for pub­lic pas­sen­gers

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

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