North West councils take step towards inter-regional flights

Daneka HillNorth West Telegraph
An Aviair flight on the runway.
Camera IconAn Aviair flight on the runway. Credit: Aviair

Two Pilbara councils have united to support a proposal to run flights between North West regional centres.

The City of Karratha and Shire of East Pilbara each resolved at their council meetings on Friday to support a new prospective plan for inter-regional flights put forward by tour company and charter flight provider Aviair.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the proposal by the Kununurra-based Aviair came about after the City undertook an expression of interest process for inter-regional flights towards the end of 2018.

“The City of Karratha and the Shire of East Pilbara have both agreed to support a tender proposal provided by Aviair and will continue working with the airline to secure further partners and finalise details of the service,” he said.

Shire of East Pilbara President Lynne Craigie said the Shire was “excited by the possibilities” the flights could create for businesses and government services.

Aviair Managing Director Michael McConachy said he was pleased with the outcome and was looking forward to working with the City of Karratha, Shire of East Pilbara and other relevant stakeholders to “lock in the final details”.

Negotiations are still under way and more discussions must be held with other local councils, industry partners and the State and Federal governments before agreements can be finalised.

For more, see next week’s issues of the North West Telegraph and Pilbara News.

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