Regional airfares not warranted

Alice Springs Town Council has combined with Tourism Central Australia to release a detailed report exploring issues impacting on the high cost of airfares in regional Australia.

Mayor, Damien Ryan, said, “Council is pleased to provide financial assistance, in partnership with Tourism Central Australia, to see the release of this informative report.

“We are keen to work with the airlines to find a way forward for business, locals and tourists.”

The report, undertaken by respected researchers from Charles Darwin University, was prepared specifically to provide additional evidence to the Senate Inquiry into air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities.

This report focuses on Central Australia, however also explores issues that extend across regional Australia.

Tourism Central Australia Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Schwer, said, “TCA are very pleased to provide this valuable research to the Senate inquiry.

“It clearly shows that there is no logical explanation for the high cost of airfares to and from Alice Springs Airport”.

The myth that Alice Springs Airport landing fees contribute to the high cost of airfares has been debunked by this research.

“Airlines can no longer make that statement”, said Mr Schwer.
“We look forward to airlines reducing their airfares, to increase access for locals and travellers alike to remote areas. We also look forward to more competition in the market, to drive down airfares.”