The WA government has committed more than $4 million to expand the regional flight network in the midwest, Pilbara and Kimberly.
Operated by Aviar, the flights will increase connectivity and passenger capacity, reducing travel times and creating jobs.
The new direct route will significantly reduce travel times between Geraldton and the Pilbara with a direct flight to Karratha, as many small business and FIFO workers currently travel to the Pilbara via Perth.
Aviar also plans to upgrade planes from nine to 76-seater aircraft to maximise flight capacity.
The upgrades will open up new travel markets, such as small business and holidays, to attract visitors and boost local economies.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says the expansion will provide further opportunities for jobs in regional WA.
Kimberly MLA Divina D’Anna says, “The Inter-Regional Flight Network has been a real game-changer for residents in the Kimberley region, because services like these are crucial for jobs, visiting family, business opportunities and to support government and medical services.”
Aviair will continue to work with local governments in the coming months on financial agreements for the expansion plans.
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