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Cheap regional fares could expand after Kimberley success

The State Government is in talks to expand its current regional partnership with Virgin Australia and other airlines after a prosperous first fortnight following reduced airfares to Broome and Kunnunura.

The partnership, launched on July 21, offered airfares between Perth and Broome and Perth and Kununurra for $199 one way and $229 one way respectively, with the discounts available both ways.

The partnership sees the Perth-Broome route return to a daily service (up from three per week) and Perth-Kununurra flights running three times per week (up from two per week).

Tourism Paul Papalia touted the benefits of increased tourism to the region, as highlighted by the public snapping up the cheaper fares.

“Importantly, the success of the partnership has demonstrated to airlines that the demand to visit the region is strong – with Virgin itself putting on additional flights following the popularity of the sale.

“We are continuing to have discussions with a number of airlines to secure good value deals for Western Australians to boost visitation and the benefits for regional economies around the State.”

Most regions are reporting very strong numbers as Western Australians take advantage of opportunities to holiday at home this year.

The State Government is continuing to negotiate with a number of airlines to secure discounted airfares for visitors and residents for a range of regional destinations.

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