REX and Skippers selected in regional WA

03/01/2018 - 14:23

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Regional Express has been selected by the state government as the preferred airline for the Perth-Carnarvon-Monkey Mia air route while Skippers Aviation was nominated to remain in operation at the Perth-Northern Goldfields routes.

REX currently operates the Perth-Albany route. Photo: David Morrell

Regional Express has been selected by the state government as the preferred airline for the Perth-Carnarvon-Monkey Mia air route while Skippers Aviation was nominated to remain in operation at the Perth-Northern Goldfields routes.

A competitive tender process was conducted in August last year with the deeds of agreement for both routes expiring on July 1 2018.

Redcliffe-based Skippers currently operates the Perth-Carnarvon route.

With significant operations on the east coast, REX moved into regional WA in early 2016 when it took over the Perth-Albany and Perth-Esperance route.

As part of the tender process, airlines that tender for regulated air routes must respond to specific criteria.

Subject to successful negotiations, the airlines will enter into a five year deed of agreement with the state for the respective routes, details of schedules and air fares will be announced once the deeds have been signed early this year.

Department of Transport acting executive director transport strategy and reform Peter Ryan said the government was committed to ensuring aviation services are reliable in the regional Western Australia.

“The Carnarvon- Monkey Mia and the Northern Goldfields air routes are regulated by the state government to ensure efficient, effective and regular air services occur on these routes,” he said.

“The preferred airlines both have a good track record in providing aviation services in WA.

“Once appointed, the airlines operating on the regulated air routes must meet a range of a requirements set by government, including the provision of regular route statistics and engagement with local communities and stakeholders to ensure they are meeting community needs and government expectations.”

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