Flight deal boost for Kimberley
Qantas has slashed the cost of airfares between Perth and Broome as part of a deal with the State Government aimed at luring West Australians away from cheap Bali holidays.
Under the deal, Qantas will use a Network Aviation-operated 180seat Airbus A320, which runs flyin, fly-out services to mine sites but is idle from Friday to Sunday.
It will operate daily flights to Broome with a $179 one-way fare in the off-season, and $199 in peak season.
While the State Government would not provide details of the deal, it is contributing to the low fares through Tourism WA support.
The fare deal is in response to government pressure for industry partners to offer competitive airfares on intrastate routes to counter the flood of WA holidaymakers to Bali.
More than 400,000 WA residents fly to Bali each year.
Over the 12-month trial, 29,400 discounted seats will be available.
The initiative will offer two ranges of airfare discounts, when booked either 60 days or 45 days before travel.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia told The West Australian “this is the easily the biggest thing done for Broome by any State government.”
“The aim of this initiative is to provide affordable fares throughout the year to help stimulate leisure travel to Broome and the Kimberley,” he said.
“We hope it will encourage people to escape to Broome for a weekend getaway, or to plan a longer one to two-week stay and it is a higher quality offering than Bali.”
Mr Papalia said that he wanted to see Broome businesses respond and work with Qantas to offer innovative packages.
“Qantas has responded incredibly well to the cost of travel to make this happen and I would encourage other airlines to do the same,” he said.
Premier Mark McGowan said “providing more affordable flights for residents and tourists is a key part of our two-year action plan, to make sure people from Perth, interstate and overseas have the opportunity to access all of what our great State has to offer”.
“This is an opportunity that makes good use of aircraft that would otherwise be on the ground over the weekend,” Qantas group executive Andrew Parker said.
“It will help us deliver great value for travellers, stimulating tourism and driving new business opportunities for Broome and the Kimberley region.”