Qantas, Government team up for cheaper flights


Quantas and the state government will be extending the Perth-Exmouth cheap airfare project after a successful trial this year.

The offer was $169 for a one way flight, and was trialled over weekends between June and September, and aimed to make it cheaper and more accessible to get to Exmouth for short periods.

The 12 week trial saw more than 1,100 perth residents taking advantage of the offer, injecting $1.3 million of spending into the region and giving the economy a boost.

The cheap flights will be available from April 10 to October 12 if you’re flying between Friday and  Monday.

Customers will have too book at least 45 days ahead to secure their place on the flight.

Even more seats will be available this time round, as Qantas is introducing the larger Airbus A320 on the Saturday and Sunday flights over the six-month season.

The smaller Fokker 100 aircrafts will continue to operate on Fridays and Mondays.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the move was effective at getting more tourists to the more remote areas of WA.

“The trial for these affordable fares earlier this year was extremely successful, with a 91 per cent take-up on fares, so we’re very pleased to be able to offer the same fares next year.

“Exmouth, which is near the Ningaloo Reef, is one of Western Australia’s iconic tourism destinations and this Qantas deal, coupled with the Avis offer, will make the region even more attractive to visitors.”

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