Qan­tas could thrust re­gion into spot­light

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Chloe Fraser

Qan­tas rep­re­sen­ta­tives are ex­pected to visit the re­gion in com­ing weeks, with two ma­jor de­ci­sions guid­ing the fu­ture of the Bus­sel­ton-Mar­garet River Re­gional Air­port now hing­ing on the avi­a­tion gi­ant.

Bus­sel­ton was short-listed last month as one of nine po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions for a new Qan­tas pi­lot train­ing school, with the air­port’s “un­con­gested airspace” and in­fra­struc­ture key sell­ing points.

The group has also sig­nalled in­ter­est in in­tro­duc­ing di­rect flight from the East­ern States through its low-cost sub­sidiary Jet­star.

While Qan­tas is yet to re­veal whether it will pur­sue di­rect flights, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Author­ity re­cently al­lowed for five night flights a week between mid­night and 6am.

Qan­tas would not be drawn on Times’ ques­tions on what con­sti­tuted “un­con­gested airspace” and whether the two uses were in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion.

City of Bus­sel­ton chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Archer be­lieved the two were “en­tirely com­ple­men­tary” and nei­ther would pre­clude or ham­per the other from pro­ceed­ing.

A fi­nal de­ci­sion on the academy’s lo­ca­tion is ex­pected to be made in the third quar­ter of this year. No time­line has been of­fered for a de­ci­sion on di­rect flights.

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