29/07/2008 - 10:36

Skywest cans Kalgoorlie-Melbourne flight

29/07/2008 - 10:36

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

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

Skywest chief executive Paul Daff said the service, which is currently operating three times a week, had recently not fully recovered its operating costs.

"We are suspending the service at this time in light of the significant increase in fuel and other operating costs, and the deteriorating economic conditions in Australia," Mr Daff said.

"Whist it is regrettable the service cannot be sustained in the short term, Skywest must make these necessary changes to its network."

Mr Daff added that the airline would continue to monitor the situation should the economic conditions change significantly.

The suspension comes into effect on November 3.

Skywest said all passengers booked to and from Melbourne after November 3 will be offered full refunds.

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