Karratha Airport passengers are a step closer to having a direct link to one of the world’s most connected travel hubs following a commitment by Council to advance contract negotiations with a trial of flights to Singapore.
The decision follows an extensive process of market testing and discussions with the preferred carrier to develop proposal for the international service.
The City of Karratha will now work with the preferred carrier to finalise details of the arrangement before the 12-month trial commences, which is proposed for early in 2018.
Part of that process will be deciding a final ticket price and flight times as well as ensuring the adequate ground handling measures are in place including Borderforce and immigration arrangements.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it was an exciting time for Karratha Airport passengers following the upgrade of the terminal in 2015.
“The City of Karratha has made significant investments in creating a modern airport terminal with international capacity and we are excited to be a step closer to trialling an international service to Singapore,” Cr Long said.
“We consistently receive feedback from the community that they want international flights and we hear them loud and clear and have been working hard on this process to deliver international service to Karratha,” he said.
“We are confident that the community will get on board with the new service and make the most of being directly connected with one of the world’s busiest international hubs.”
“The trial service is also a fantastic opportunity to market our region to an international audience with the potential of stimulating economic activity and aiding in the development of the local tourism industry,” he added.