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?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
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.