More than 4,400 regional capped airfares sold since introduction at the beginning of the month
Scheme provides regional WA residents with access to capped airfares when travelling to and from Perth
Capped airfares have been embraced by regional Western Australia, with more than 4,400 fares sold since the introduction of the scheme on July 1.
Some of the strongest demand came from Karratha - which in the past experienced high airfares of more than $1,000 - with the new airfare cap providing more price certainty for locals.
The capped airfares are split into two zones:
Zone 1 fare is $199 for a one-way flight both ways when booked as a return flight, for residents who are departing an airport within 1,000km driving distance from Perth.
Zone 2 fare is $299 for a one-way flight both ways when booked as a return flight for residents departing from an airport further than 1,000km driving distance from Perth.
The McGowan Government has made addressing the cost of regional airfares a priority, and has consulted extensively with regional communities and airlines to support regional aviation in WA.
The new $19.8 million scheme - the first of its kind in Australia - is a partnership between the State Government and five airlines; Airnorth, Qantas, Rex Airlines, Skippers Aviation and Virgin Australia Airlines, with the capped airfares scheme funded for the next three years.
Residents can access the capped fares through their respective airlines. For more information, and to check eligibility visit https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/aviation/regional-airfare-zone-cap.asp