The deal extends the relationship between the two parties on one of the nation’s busiest flight paths.
Virgin Australia Holdings has finalised a 10-year agreement with Broome International Airport, continuing the relationship between the two parties.
Replacing the previous five-year deal between the airport and the airline, the air services agreement covers passenger services, amenities and enhancing the role of Broome’s position as a gateway to the Kimberley.
Virgin’s market share of the Perth to Broome route grew from 34 per cent to 40 per cent in 2021, operating three daily return flights between the airports.
More than 400,000 passengers a year transit through Broome Airport, with 47,000 people passing through Broome in October last year; up from 30,000 in the same month in 2020.
Broome International Airport chief executive Paul McSweeney said the agreement provided certainty the airport required to continue to invest in improving passenger experiences.
“Signing the ten-year ASA demonstrates Virgin Australia’s commitment to Broome International Airport, the Kimberley and WA’s north-west, and we are pleased that our relationship has been cemented for an extended period,” he said.
Virgin Australia chief strategy and transformation officer Alistair Hartley said the agreement reflected the airline’s investment in WA and its importance to the national Virgin Australia network.
“Broome International Airport is the gateway to one of Australia’s most popular tourism destinations, and despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, its importance as a destination continues to increase,” he said.
“Virgin Australia is committed to Broome and to Western Australia and is proud to do our part in connecting passengers with the north-west and supporting the local community and local economy.”
Virgin is planning to add more flights between the two WA hubs.