State govt leg-up for WA regional air travellers

Capped airfares have gone on sale in WA in a new state government-backed scheme subsidising air travel from regional centres to Perth and return.

The $19.8 million program will see a $299 one-way cap for destinations more than 1000km driving distance from Perth.

Regional destinations under 1000km driving distance from Perth will have a $199 one-way cap.

The two-tiered system will cost the state government $19.8 million in subsidies.

Towns that fall into the 1000km range from Perth are Albany, Carnarvon, Esperance, Geraldton, Monkey Mia (Denham), Wiluna, Kalgoorlie, Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra and Mt Magnet.

Locations beyond are Broome, Karratha, Newman, Port Hedland, Exmouth (Learmonth), Kununurra and Paraburdoo.

The partnership scheme between the state government and Airnorth, Qantas, Regional Express, Skippers Aviation and Virgin builds on a 2017 parliamentary inquiry into regional airfares.