$6000 fares sky-high rip-off for Broome residents

Rory CampbellThe West Australian
VideoOne flight this weekend is priced at nearly $6000.

Broome residents say they can no longer afford to fly to Perth, with one-way flights this Sunday priced at nearly $6000.

While locals are outraged, airlines say they are doing their best to cater for peak holiday season.

The Broome Chamber of Commerce posted a video online earlier this week, quoting one-way flights to Perth on Sunday priced between $5861 and $6003 for business class.

“There’s simply no option, there’s no availability ... what’s there left for us to do?” Chamber spokesperson Jael Napper said.

“We’d like to see bigger aeroplanes, we’d like to see more seats.”

On Friday a local travel agent quoted a return trip this weekend at almost $1800. In comparison, a return trip to Cairns with stopovers costs just over $1000 online, and getting to Auckland and back just over $1600.

The airlines say smaller flights actually cost more per kilometre and remote airports in WA have high charges.

A WA parliamentary inquiry into the price of regional flights is under way. The committee is due to report at the end of November.

Inquiry chairwoman Jessica Shaw said airfares in regional WA were the most expensive in Australia.

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