West Australian snap up cheap flights to tourism hotspots
Thousands of intrastate travellers have already snapped up cheap seats to the State’s north over the next 12 months after an historic 50,000 discounted airfares went out to the market.
The State Government announced this month it had teamed up with Qantas and Virgin for the biggest affordable flights scheme ever in WA, allowing holidaymakers to jet from Perth to Broome, Kununurra and Exmouth for as little as $149 one-way.
At the time of print, more than 10,000 of the 32,000 tickets to the Kimberley had already been bought, while 2100 of 18,000 Exmouth seats were sold in the first 24 hours of the sale, with a further 1743 booked since.
It comes after a similar measure rolled out earlier this year whereby 10,000 cheap airfares from Perth to WA’s north sold out within a week.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said it proved West Australians would travel in their own backyard if it was affordable.
“It is a wonderful indication that people are responding and they will, it works, we know it works,” he said.
“People can fly return for the same price or less that it would cost for them to get to Bali, for example.” Mr Papalia said it was a prime opportunity for the business communities to capture a new market.
“There is a market of many people who have never been to these destinations before,” he said.
“When we return to some normalcy, businesses could have an additional market that is bigger than ever before.
“Accommodation providers need to be open.
“Bars, cafes and restaurants all need to be open and delivering the fantastic service they do for the increasing visitor numbers.”
Broome seats are on sale between November 2 and October 30, 2021 for $199 one-way through Virgin Australia, while Kununurra can be booked for $249 between March 29 and September 30 next year.
Exmouth is available at $169 during the tourism season and $149 in the off-peak period for the next 12 months through Qantas.
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