Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
New Regional Air Services Regime One Step Closer
Victor P Taffa
The State Government is calling for proposals from air service operators to provide intrastate aviation services to nominated Western Australian regional centres under the Government’s new air services framework.
Transport Minister Simon O’Brien reiterated that wholesale deregulation of WA’s intrastate aviation services was off the table.
“Unlike the city-centric Labor Party, I see securing air routes for regional communities and tourism destinations – which may have lost their regular passenger services if wholesale deregulation was allowed to proceed – as my main priority.” Mr O’Brien said.
The Minster said while proposals were being invited based on a common framework he wanted to encourage alternative submissions.
“We have provided the opportunity for proponents to present submissions to achieve the best outcome for communities, industry and government.” the Minister said.
“Ultimately we will be testing the market to see what it comes up with. However, we will not accept any proposal which does not provide greater services for all West Australians.”
“Current deregulated services from Perth to Broome, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kambalda, Karratha, Kununurra, Newman, Paraburdoo and Port Hedland, together with the regulated service to Derby is excluded from the process.”
“All other services, specifically those servicing remote regional communities, will continue until the new regime is implemented later this year or early 2011.” Mr. O’Brien said.