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Question Without Notice No. 1039 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 October 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

Answered on

REGIONAL AIRFARES

1039. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the minister's comments in the Kalgoorlie Miner last week in which it was stated that there are ''no obstacles'' to lower airfares for regional WA.

(1) When will the government complete the review of the state aviation strategy?

(2) Has the government undertaken any consultation to date on regulating further air transport routes in regional WA?

(3) If there are no obstacles to lower airfares, what initiatives is the government implementing to immediately reduce airfares?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(3) To clarify the contents of the interview, in response to a question specifically regarding community fares, the minister stated —

There are obstacles in relation to those types of fares. It's really just the airlines coming up with those ideas and working with government � The transport team is working with airlines, and in particular the Minister for Tourism, is very big into working with airlines about how we can get a better fare structure �

Initiatives undertaken by the government include delivering on a key election commitment to hold a parliamentary inquiry into airfares in regional WA and the commencement of a review of the state aviation strategy. Additionally, the government has worked with airlines and local governments to secure community or discounted airfares to Albany, Broome, Carnarvon, Esperance and Monkey Mia. For the first three months of Rex airlines' operation, demand has increased by 76 per cent to Monkey Mia and 12 per cent to Carnarvon compared with the same period in the previous year.