Skywest cans Kalgoorlie-Melbourne flight

Higher fuel prices and deteriorating economic conditions have forced Skywest Airlines to suspend its Kalgoorlie to Melbourne service, nearly one year after flights began.


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I'm suprised that in the current economic climate, with the resources boom in WA. that the melbourne flight is closing. Fly In Fly Out labour is widely utilised in W.A.. Skilled persons like Engineers and tradespeople are difficult to attract and retain. For many companies it would make economic sense to source their labour from the eastern states. Direct flights on Mondays and Fridays at reasonable times would be attractive to many employers in the goldfields region.

One of the problems a number of employers would face and indeed Skywest as a supplier is national contracts would be in place. As such many of the contractors flying to KGI would fly QA to other parts of Australia. Therefore unless Skywest can partner with other East Coast airlines to win these contracts many of these people would be required to fly QA via Perth regardless, to ensure levels of business and contract rates are maintained.

I always wondered why Kalgoorlie, since it's relatively close to Perth anyway. More sense would be a Port Hedland - Alice Springs flight, which would link the whole Northwest to the rest of the country, from Darwin to South Eastern Australia. There would be fuel savings for travellers from Melbourne to Port Hedland, for example. It would also allow Alice Springs residents to access the Bali international service out of Port Hedland.

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