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Inquiry into regional airfares in Western Australia

20-Jun-2017 Inquiry into regional airfares in Western Australia

  • Economics and Industry Standing Committee to conduct inquiry
  • Report on factors contributing to current high cost of regional airfares
  • Provide recommendations on what actions can be taken to limit costs 

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia has welcomed a parliamentary committee's announcement that it will conduct an inquiry into the high cost of regional airfares in Western Australia.

The Economics and Industry Standing Committee will inquire and report on five specific issues surrounding regional airfares.

It will investigate the factors contributing to the current high cost of regional airfares and the impact that has on regional centres - from a business, tourism and social perspective.

The final report will also evaluate actions the State Government, local government and regional airlines can take to limit increases to airfares. 

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

"The McGowan Government made an election commitment to hold an inquiry into the high cost of regional airfares.

"It's an issue that has afflicted small businesses, tourism operators and local people in regional Western Australia for many years. 

"A parliamentary inquiry has the power to shine a spotlight on this issue, get to the bottom of why these fares are so expensive and give airlines the opportunity to provide solutions."

Minister's office - 6552 5600

Source: Government of Western Australia