Regional aviation has just received another boost with news that Kununurra based Aviair has commenced thrice weekly return flights between Karratha and Broome.
It’s a full day’s drive between the two towns. Aviair is cutting this to a sub two hour flight.
There have been no direct airlinks between the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia since Airnorth dropped the route three years ago. And it has been a long time since the glory days of intra Western Australia flying with Ansett WA’s milk runs up and down the West Coast.
Aviair has operations throughout northern Western Australia, flying a fleet of 30 turbo prop aircraft. They are using B200 Beechcraft Twin Air aircraft on the Broome – Karratha route. In addition to specialist charter, sightseeing and FIFO work, Aviair is rolling out some scheduled passenger routes.
In addition to the Broome – Karratha flights, the airline flies Karratha – Newman – Karratha, Newman – Port Hedland – Newman, and Karratha – Port Hedland – Karratha. The full timetable is available here.
The new flights between Broome and Karratha can carry nine passengers on the turbo prop B200 aircraft. The fares are coming in at a hefty AUD$649 one way. The flights are being underwritten by both the City of Karratha and Shire of East Pilbara. Aviair’s management notes early sales have been strong and are optimistic about the route’s future success.
There are plans to add a Paraburdoo leg with the backing of Rio Tinto.
The Aviair Broome – Karratha – Broome schedule is as follows;
|Dep Broome (BME)||Mo, We, Fr||14:00|
|Arr Karratha (KTA)||15:50|
|Dep Karratha (KTA)||Mon, We, Fr||10:45|
|Arr Broome (BME)||12:40|
These flights leave from Aviair’s private terminals at both Broome and Karratha (as opposed to the general passenger terminals) and do not appear to sport flight numbers.
Bookings can be made at the Aviair website.