New Karratha flights to open business opportunities

Alicia PereraPilbara News
JetGo flights between Karratha, Brisbane and Singapore are scheduled to begin this year.
Camera IconJetGo flights between Karratha, Brisbane and Singapore are scheduled to begin this year. Credit: Pilbara News, Tom Zaunmayr

Karratha Airport’s upcoming flights to Singapore and Brisbane offer “huge opportunities” for local businesses beyond tourism, according to the City of Karratha.

Presenting at a Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry business breakfast last week, City strategic projects and infrastructure director Simon Kot said the City’s soon-to-begin JetGo flights posed business opportunities across a wide range of sectors, including in transport, retail, catering and imports and exports.

“I think a lot of people have talked a lot about the opportunities for tourism, but this is a circuit-breaker,” he said.

“This is a real opportunity now being created to effectively deliver products from the Pilbara to the broader world.”

Mr Kot said biweekly flights to business hub Singapore — the 16th-busiest airport in the world and among the top 10 largest worldwide for air cargo traffic — could be particularly lucrative.

“Singapore is a huge opportunity to look at freight, logistics, imports, exports, labour movement between the two ports, and how you do business,” he said.

“And it’s not just about Singapore, it’s where does Singapore get you. It is a gateway airport.”

Mr Kot said the announcement of the new flights had sparked a lot of interest among local businesses, and the City and JetGo were taking their preferences into account in their ongoing discussions on fares and scheduling.

KDCCI chief executive Kylah Morrison said the new flights presented good opportunities for local tourism and hospitality — especially from South-East Asia’s growing middle class, fresh produce supply, niche products, air freight and labour mobilisation.

“Some of those industries are still in the early stages of development and so there will need to be some support there to get industries up to a stage of being import/ export-ready, and that’s where the chamber and council can work together on that,” she said.

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