Sin­ga­pore flights in prospect

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor

I am of­ten asked when we will have an in­ter­na­tional flight op­er­at­ing from our new air­port. It’s a fair ques­tion. Your coun­cil has been work­ing on this for many months now, and of­fi­cers have at­tended in­ter­na­tional air in­dus­try fo­rums and held dis­cus­sions with many air­lines.

We have en­gaged con­sul­tants to ad­vise us and have com­peted sev­eral sur­veys to assess de­mand and iden­tify the best in­ter­na­tional ports ap­pro­pri­ate to our city.

Our sur­vey re­sults and con­sul­tants’ re­ports in­di­cate there is good sup­port for a ser­vice from Kar­ratha to Sin­ga­pore.

With five pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nals, Sin­ga­pore’s Changi Air­port is the world’s sixth busiest for in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals, beat­ing ri­vals Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

Changi served more than 55 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2015 and its flights go to more than 320 ci­ties all over the world. Sin­ga­pore is there­fore a great in­ter­na­tional link for Kar­ratha, serv­ing both tourism and busi­ness in­ter­ests.

City of­fi­cers have pre­pared a draft in­ter­na­tional char­ters busi­ness case, which in­di­cates there is good po­ten­tial for in­bound tourism from Sin­ga­pore to Kar­ratha.

The data sug­gest a on­ce­weekly ser­vice could be eco­nom­i­cally vi­able.

The coun­cil has there­fore de­cided to pre­pare an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est for a weekly re­turn flight be­tween Kar­ratha and Sin­ga­pore.

The EOI will con­clude by the end of Septem­ber and, if ap­proved by the coun­cil, a pre­ferred ten­derer could be en­gaged by the end of this year.

Sub­ject to Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment ap­provals, mi­nor lo­cal works and other ne­go­ti­a­tions, we ex­pect a full in­ter­na­tional ser­vice could be­gin around the mid­dle of 2017.

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