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Question Without Notice No. 290 asked in the Legislative Council on 3 April 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

REGIONAL AIRFARES

290. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the member for Pilbara's comments made at the Karratha regional airfare and air services workshop on 21 March that one solution to the lack of affordable airfares in regional areas was for all regional residents—families of up to two adults and three children—to be provided two return airfares annually.

(1) Is this a policy that the state government is actively pursuing?

(2) How will such a program be funded and administered?

(3) Have the Minister for Transport or the member for Pilbara had any meetings or correspondence with any airlines to discuss this idea further?

(4) If yes to (3), will the minister table the details of the meetings?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

I note that the member for Pilbara is a great regional member and a strong advocate for his community, who is engaging constructively on the issue of regional airfares.

(1)–(4) The regional airfare and air services workshops, facilitated by the Department of Transport, present an opportunity for key stakeholders to identify and discuss innovative and collaborative approaches to address the concerns raised during the parliamentary inquiry into regional airfares in Western Australia. The outputs of these workshops will help to inform the draft State Aviation Strategy.

The member for Pilbara constantly raises issues in his electorate, including the issue of affordable airfares.