50,000 affordable fares launched to Broome, Kununurra and Exmouth.
The State Government is partnering with Virgin and Qantas to launch WA’s biggest-ever regional flight sale, aimed and luring thousands to the North West.
One-way flights to Broome will start from just $199, while flights to Exmouth will go for about $149 and flights to Kununurra for $249.
The plan forms part of the $21.4 million Regional Aviation Recovery Program announced as part of the 2020/21 State Budget.
Premier Mark McGowan said the aviation deal came at a time “when northern WA needed it most”.
“The tourism industry in the State’s north has felt the impacts of COVID-19 the most, with its remoteness making it more difficult to attract intrastate tourists,” he said.
“Tourism operators in the north offer some of the most unique and sought-after experiences and adventures available anywhere on the planet. This massive deal will help more Western Australians enjoy what we have to offer and help keep our State safe and strong.”
The cheap flight details
Virgin Australia’s $199 one-way ticket to Broome will last between November 2 and October 30 next year, while the Kununurra deal will span between March 29 next year and September 30 – when purchased 21 days in advance.
Up to five flights a week will be offered for people wanting to travel to Kununurra, increasing the capacity of the route by more than 65 per cent.
The Qantas Exmouth death will offer the special one-way fare to Exmouth from November for a full 12 months.
It will cost $149 when booked at least 30 days in advance during the low season – November 4 to March 27 – and $169 when booked at least 45 days in advance for the high season – March 28 to October 30.
The Qantas flight will be offered daily.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said 2020 had been “the most difficult year the tourism sector in the State’s north has faced”, and the deal would help ease the burden of COVID-19 on the industry.
“We know there is nothing more effective for the northern tourism industry than affordable flights – and this huge deal will deliver the local travellers operators need,” he said.
“There is no better or more affordable time for Western Australians to discover the world-class Kimberley and Coral Coast as tourists in their home State.”
Watch: Mark McGowan announces Regional Aviation Recovery Program
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