Skywest Karratha service axed


WA airline Skywest has axed its service to Karratha after mining company Citic Pacific chose not to renew its contract with the carrier.

Skywest and Alliance airlines had shared contracts with Citic to charter fly-in fly-out workers to the mining company’s Sino Iron project.

However, Alliance recently won the sole contract forcing Skywest to cease its Perth-to- Karratha flights service.

Alliance is expected to increase Karratha services.

Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Brent McKenna said he was confident the move would only be temporary.

“I think that currently this is an interim situation that Skywest are going through having missed out on one of the tenders,” Mr McKenna said.

Mr McKenna said Skywest planned to sponsor a business after-hours event with the KDCCI in October to reconnect with the Karratha market.

“It’s really just a reassessment of what kind of package they should offer to the local community and local businesses,” he said.

Shire of Roebourne president Nicole Lockwood said the axing of the service should not affect Karratha-bound passengers.

“I am confident the additional demand created by the cancellation of Skywest flights between Perth and Karratha will be absorbed by other airlines,” Ms Lockwood said. “I also understand that Skywest are actively pursuing opportunities that will allow them to recommence these services in the future.”

Skywest’s contract with Citic ended on July 31.

Passengers who had flights booked after July 31 will be given a refund.

Skywest refused to comment.

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