Public comment sought on review of Esperance and Northern Goldfields air routes

Date published: 26/08/2014

The State Government is currently conducting a review of Regulated Regular Public Transport Air Routes in Western Australia and is seeking public comment on the proposals which affect both Esperance and the Northern Goldfields.

The review proposes new approach for regulation of eight intrastate routes to ensure sustainable services for regional communities.

The review recommends a reduction of regulations on the Perth-Esperance air route beyond February 2016 to open the route to possible competition, and recommends that  State Government oversight of  scheduling, pricing and community engagement for air services if appropriate.

In the case of the Northern Goldfields, the recommendations are to regulate the Northern Goldfields beyond February 2016, either by maintaining the existing route connections, or establishing new route configurations, direct or triangulated between Perth and the airports of Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mt Magnet and Wiluna, and to discontinue Leinster as an RPT airport beyond February 2016 or earlier.

To view and comment on the State Government's review of regulated Regular Public Transport Air Routes in WA, visit the Department of Transport's website.

Submissions for public comment close on October 31, 2014.