Flights to the remote Kimberley community of Balgo will start from July 2, 2018, following an agreement to increase air services that will help further connect communities in the region.
The WA Government, Aviair Airlines, the local community and local government have collaborated to identify the new Kununurra-Halls Creek-Balgo Regular Public Transport air route as the first move towards improving aviation throughout the whole region.
The new route will be serviced by Aviair’s nine seater turbo prop aircraft and will run two return services per week.
Getting to Balgo via road can be challenging, particularly in the wet season. The decision to extend the current Kununurra-Halls Creek air service to include Balgo will provide more choice for those living in and visiting the Balgo community, and expand opportunities for freight and tourism.
The service will result in increased air service frequency and expansion of flight connections within Western Australia, which is one of the recommendations from the Parliamentary Inquiry into Regional Airfares that the State Government approved in April 2018.
The new route will be trialled for 12 months, with the option of extension. The WA Department of Transport is subsidising up to $500,000 for the trial, with any costs above this to be borne by Aviair.
Source: WA Government