Aviation firm extends range into Pilbara
A Kununurra-based aviation company has begun operating charter flights to and from Karratha airport in an expansion into the Pilbara market.
Award-winning company Aviair, formerly Slingair, was established in the Kimberley in 1984 and has a strong presence in the region, but is striking out with the arrival of its fixed-wing and rotary-wing charter services in Karratha.
It has acquired the Karratha Flying Services’ terminal and fleet of two B200 aircraft, but has also flagged the possibility of providing scenic helicopter flights and lowcapacity public transport if there is enough local interest.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long welcomed Aviair’s arrival as a boon for local tourism.
“Council has worked very hard to provide an environment that supports business, not just at Karratha Airport but across the City,” he said.
“We are very pleased to see a company focused on developing aviation and tourism in the City of Karratha and Pilbara region.”
Aviair specialises in charter and public transport flights on helicopters and small short to medium-haul aircraft, while its subsidiary company Helispirit operates scenic helicopter flights around the Kununurra area.
It is a past winner of the WA Tourism Awards gold medal for a major tour and transport operator and has been expanding in the Kimberley in recent years, including starting the first commercial flights in Halls Creek in July.
Aviair training captain Peter Hales, marketing manager Sonja Mitchell and pilot Lance Wolfe.