The State Government will deliver on its election promise to cap regional airfares, with a $19.8 million contribution to make flights more affordable for those travelling to the big smoke announced in last week’s State Budget. A $299 cap on one-way flights will apply to those living in the North West, which is classified as zone two of the scheme. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said negotiations about subsidisations were currently underway with major airlines. “What we’re trying to do here is to improve the liveability of the Pilbara,” she said. “It’s not about subsidising airlines in general, it’s about this very specific targeted focus on those people that are living in regional Western Australia, getting them to have affordable airfares. “It makes living in these regional communities, particularly these more remote regional communities, more attractive.” The cap was committed to by WA Labor in January ahead of the 2021 State Election. Towns within 1000km of Perth will have airfares capped at $199 each way.