Avi­a­tion firm ex­tends range into Pil­bara

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

Pic­ture: Rourke Walsh

Avi­air train­ing cap­tain Peter Hales, mar­ket­ing man­ager Sonja Mitchell and pi­lot Lance Wolfe.

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