Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’ Brien
Regional Aviation Services Under The Microscope
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’ Brien said that last year the Government rejected the findings of a report commissioned by the previous Labor government which recommended the wholesale deregulation of WA’s regional aviation sector.
“Unlike the city-centric Labor Party, I see securing air routes for regional communities – which may have lost their regular passenger services if deregulation was allowed to proceed – as my main priority.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“While the Government is willing to examine proposals which would see large regional centres like Geraldton which have the both the desire and patronage to expand – opened up to more competition; wholesale deregulation of all routes is off the table.”
“Any move to open airports such as Geraldton up to more competition will need to be considered in the broader context, such as, what impact it would have on the surrounding destination.” Mr. O’Brien said.
Mr. O’Brien said the Government wanted to ensure the long term development of intrastate air services under a system of minimal Government intervention, limited direct subsidies and increased competition.”
“We anticipate the new regime, including the introduction of five-year contractors, will provide greater services for all Western Australians and greater certainty and incentive for investors to enter the market place.” Mr. O’Brien said.
Current deregulated services from Perth to Broome, Kalgoorlie, Kambalda, Karratha, Kununurra, Newman, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Ravensthorpe continue unchanged.