Skippers keeps northern routes but may cut jobs

Skippers Aviation will continue to operate Perth to Carnarvon/Monkey Mia and northern Goldfields air routes, but it may have to shed 30 jobs after it lost the right to fly from Perth to Albany and Esp


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Shed 30 jobs because they they lost something they never had in the first place?

Funny that the Liberal government awarded Rex these routes when their Chairman/Director Josh Sharp is a Liberal member.. Sad example of an Australian company being forced out of the market due to political bias.

I don't understand how Skippers jobs need to be shed when they have not lost anything? Virgin are the current operator on Albany and Esperance routes and not Skippers? Rex is a publicly listed company on the ASX just like Virgin and Qantas.

Skippers had already lost a lot of work due to the downturn, and mines swapping to one jet flight a day instead of multiple turboprop flights. They only way to avoid job losses was to gain work from the public flights. Rex will just employ a skeleton staff in WA, with all of their operations department based in NSW. It's a slap in the face for business in WA. Skippers have a fleet of 20+ aircraft, while Rex will have two based in WA. These aircraft are old and high maintenance, will be interesting to see what happens when an aircraft breaks down and there's no plan B.

On 01/01 I was booked to depart Perth for Carnarvon on a Skippers flight at 7.30am As requested, I arrived at their Perth terminal at 6.30am. An announcement was made that there would be a departure delay due to a crew member reporting sick. The departure time was changed to 11.05am. We therefore had to wait at the terminal for over 4.5 hours. Skippers' service has to be one of the dearest RPT services in the world. I am very disappointed that they have been further awarded the contract to serve the Carnarvon-Perth flights We had better airline service on this run back in 1948 when I arrived in Carnarvon with DC 3s, even if a little slower. It is high time that cheaper and better aircrafts service was provided on this run in 2018.

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