Qan­tas of­fers re­gional dis­count

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | News - Ge­of­frey Thomas

Qan­tas is to in­tro­duce a 12-month trial of special dis­counts on air­fares of up to 30 per cent for res­i­dents in six re­gional ar­eas im­pacted by the re­sources in­dus­try.

From Novem­ber, Qan­tas will of­fer the dis­counts of be­tween 10 and 30 per cent for res­i­dents to travel be­tween their lo­cal airport and Perth.

The dis­count will ap­ply to the Qan­tas-con­trolled com­po­nent of re­turn fares, which ex­clude airport charges, se­cu­rity fees and GST, and will be avail­able for per­sonal travel for peo­ple who live in Broome, Kal­go­or­lie, Kar­ratha, Parabur­doo, Port Hed­land and Newman.

The an­nounce­ment is a sig­nif­i­cant win for the McGowan Govern­ment which launched an in­quiry into re­gional air­fares in June as well as res­i­dents of the North West, who have been lob­by­ing over the cost of re­gional air­fares.

Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia an­nounced in June that the Eco­nom­ics and In­dus­try Stand­ing Com­mit­tee would in­ves­ti­gate re­gional air­fares.

Qan­tas said that it had cho­sen th­ese mar­kets be­cause res­i­dents were com­pet­ing with a very high vol­ume of cor­po­rate travel, specif­i­cally from the re­source in­dus­try.

Qan­tas do­mes­tic chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew David said the eco­nom­ics of air travel to th­ese com­mu­ni­ties could be se­verely im­pacted by their re­mote­ness, lev­els of de­mand and high op­er­at­ing costs.

“The re­al­ity is that the per kilo­me­tre cost on a small air­craft is sig­nif­i­cantly higher than a larger air­craft that op­er­ates be­tween ma­jor cities, be­cause the costs are di­vided by a much higher num­ber of pas­sen­gers,” he said.

“Th­ese re­gional routes don’t have the lev­els of de­mand needed to sus­tain a much larger air­craft and we want to main­tain the fre­quency of ser­vices. Re­gard­less of the rea­sons we know the higher rel­a­tive costs can be frus­trat­ing for res­i­dents when they need to travel, es­pe­cially at short no­tice.”

Qan­tas said the dis­count would be avail­able on all econ­omy fare classes ex­cept for sale fares, for pur­chase up to and in­clud­ing the day of travel.

To ac­cess the dis­count, res­i­dents will need to book a re­turn flight on Qan­tas. The dis­counts will only be avail­able for per­sonal travel and will be lim­ited to four re­turn flights a year for each res­i­dent.

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