Further relief to ease cost of airfares for regional communities

Posted on January 12, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Government to invest $19.8 million to make regional flights more affordable
  • New initiative to cap cost of one-way flights at $199 or $299, depending on distance from Perth
  • Affordable airfares help support regional economic development and keep communities connected
  • Initiative to assist country residents to attend medical appointments, take business trips and visit friends and family

Western Australia’s regional residents will pay less for flights to and from Perth under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government, with a new initiative to cap airfare prices to more remote parts of the State.

The Regional Airfares Zone Cap will enable the State Government to work with airlines towards an arrangement where residents of regional communities less than 1,000km driving distance from Perth pay no more than $199 one-way, and those over 1,000km driving distance a maximum of $299 one-way.

The $19.8 million initiative will contribute to making airfare pricing fairer while increasing the frequency of flights to regional destinations.

The program will play a key role in supporting economic development in the regions and keeping communities connected. It will assist regional residents to attend medical appointments in the city, take business trips and visit family and friends at a reduced cost.

The initiative will be monitored and assessed in the first year, to ensure the new cap is delivering results across regional WA.

The McGowan Government has undertaken considerable work over the last four years to drive down the cost of airfares to a range of regional destinations. This includes working with a number of WA airlines to encourage the introduction of discounted community fares for regional residents. This additional commitment will further increase the accessibility and affordability of airfares to regional destinations.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“No regional resident should pay more than $199 or $299 for a one-way flight to or from Perth.

“My Government has undertaken significant work over the last four years to drive down the cost of regional airfares and this additional policy will expand those efforts even further.

“The policy will bring more fairness to the system to ensure we do everything we can to drive the cost of airfares down for people from the regions.

“The Regional Zone Airfares Cap will help drive economic development and job creation in regional areas by better connecting our communities, making it easier and more attractive for people to live and work in the country.

“People from regional WA rely on flights to attend medical appointments, take business trips and visit friends and family, and I am focused on doing everything we can to ease the burden on regional residents.”