Rex Airlines will offer additional services to Albany, Esperance and Carnarvon and says it will increase access to discounted community fares for travellers.
Tourism Minister, Paul Papalia said air services would double to eight per week on the Albany and Esperance air routes, while the Carnarvon air route will increase from three to five weekly return services.
“We know how important air services are for regional communities and these additional flights will play an important part in the recovery of the business and tourism sectors,” said Mr Papalia.
“The State has signed an agreement with Rex to extend the funding for some air services until 30 September 2020 on the Albany, Esperance, Carnarvon and Monkey Mia routes, which will help support economic recovery of the regions and the tourism and aviation sector,” he said.
“I encourage those thinking about getting away for the school holidays or looking to book a getaway to head to one of these great destinations. These community fares present a great opportunity to Wander out Yonder in our great State.”
Conditions around the purchase of community airfares will be relaxed, allowing all remaining seats to be sold at community fare prices within seven days prior to departure.
The ability to purchase the community fare more than 30 days prior to departure remains in place.
The one-way community fare is priced at $139 for Albany, $138 for Esperance, $158 for Monkey Mia and $199 for Carnarvon and it is available to everyone for travel each way.
Mr Papalia said the WA Government had worked with the Commonwealth to underwrite up to four weekly services on the Albany and Esperance routes and three weekly return services on the Carnarvon and Monkey Mia air routes. A new deed signed between the WA Government and Rex has extended the funding for these flights until September 30, 2020.