In­ter­na­tional flight scheme ’pro­gress­ing’

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

The City is now in de­tailed ne­go­ti­a­tions with the pre­ferred ten­derer for Kar­ratha- Singapore flights, Silk Air.

Be­fore the ser­vice can hap­pen, we need to have is­sues such as ticket pric­ing, seat al­lo­ca­tion plans, sched­ul­ing, mar­ket­ing, and sales re­spon­si­bil­i­ties fully de­ter­mined.

At this stage we are ex­plor­ing a weekly flight to and from Singapore. The day the flight ar­rives/leaves is be­ing con­sid­ered. We ex­pect there will be busi­ness and econ­omy classes on the route, and a range of flight prices will be avail­able.

We ex­pect ticket sales will be avail­able through a va­ri­ety of mech­a­nisms, in­clud­ing Silk Air it­self, lo­cal travel agents, and on­line pur­chas­ing.

The City will have to com­plete some mi­nor works at the air­port to ac­com­mo­date the re­quire­ments of Aus­tralian Quar­an­tine and Bor­der Force agen­cies.

Coun­cil­lors have re­ceived a great deal of en­thu­si­asm for this flight from res­i­dents, but we have also found in­ter­est over­seas.

Singapore was cho­sen as our pre­ferred in­ter­na­tional flight des­ti­na­tion be­cause of its in­cred­i­ble con­nec­tiv­ity with China, South-East Asia, In­done­sia, In­dia and Europe. This means through-flights will be avail­able from here in Kar­ratha to Lon­don or any­where in the world.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions are pro­gress­ing well and we ex­pect flights will be­gin in the sec­ond half of this year. We will keep you posted on de­vel­op­ments about this ex­cit­ing pro­posal as they oc­cur.

A range of flight prices will be avail­able. Peter Long

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