Arrivals & Departures Qantas launches flight discounts for regional WA residents

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From November, residents of six WA towns will have access to discounts of up to 30 per cent on Qantas flights between their local airport and Perth. 

The 12-month trial scheme applies to local residents in Broome, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Newman.

Qantas says it chose regional towns that are particularly impacted by demand from the resources industry.

The discounts will be available for personal travel in all economy fare classes except for sale fares. They'll be limited to four return flights a year per resident.

The discounted fares will be available to buy up to and including the day of travel. According to Qantas, this means last-minute trips during peak travel times, which tend to be more expensive, will be more accessible.

Discounts will range from 10 to 30 per cent on the Qantas-controlled part of return fares, which excludes the airport charges, security fees and GST. More flexible fares, which are more expensive, will attract a greater percentage discount.

"We're optimistic that the discount will stimulate additional demand, which will help us offset some of the cost of the scheme," said Qantas Domestic chief executive Andrew David.

The airline is in discussions with regional airports and councils about reducing airport charges to provide further savings to local residents. 

"We’re pleased Kalgoorlie-Boulder Council has already come on board to reduce airport passenger charges, which means a greater discount will be available for residents of Kalgoorlie," Mr David said.

The scheme will also be implemented in regional Queensland for travel from Mt Isa to Townsville and Brisbane and from Cloncurry to Townsville. 

More details, including booking information, are expected in the coming weeks.

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