Return flights to Broome and Kununurra have been slashed to less than $460 dollars for the next three months in a bid to throw a lifeline to the struggling Kimberley tourism industry. About 5500 fares are on offer to Broome ($199 each way) and 2500 to Kununurra ($229 each way) as part of a McGowan Government partnership with Virgin Australia. The initiative is one component of a $6 million spend on promoting affordable air travel within WA. Premier Mark McGowan said tourism and hospitality operators across the State had reported one of their busiest ever winter school holiday periods as West Australians were forced to vacation in their own State. He said the new spending was designed to extend the tourism season in the Kimberley. “Obviously school holidays have now ended and it is tougher for regional businesses,” he said. “We know the Kimberley relies heavily on tourism and this is designed to get West Australians out there. “Our border arrangements mean that going on holidays over east or internationally is now not really an option… and Broome and Kununurra have never been as affordable.” Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the Kimberley was “real Australia, it is genuine Australia”. “It is a beautiful, magnificent place to go and visit – and you’ve got it all to yourselves. Only West Australians can travel to these places at the moment,” he said. Meanwhile, WA recorded zero new cases of coronavirus overnight, the third consecutive day with no new patients. There are currently 17 active cases, all in hotel quarantine.