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Government to spend $1 million on a proposed commercial air service between Derby and Broome

A 12-month direct flight trial linking the Kimberley towns of Broome and Derby is likely to go ahead next year.

The State Government announced today it would spend $1 million to underwrite one-year of regular service between the two destinations, which is set to go out to tender in coming weeks.

It would mark the first commercial service to Derby since its route with Perth was cut in 2016.

The Government money has been reallocated from the original plan to resume this link with Perth, but was found to be unfeasible when not one viable airline submission was received.

The new trial would be targeted towards residents, workers, businesses and tourists.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it was important for Derby to have access to suitable regional flights.

“The proposed new air service will provide connecting options for residents, workers and visitors to the region to get between Derby and Broome, rather than driving,” she said.

Ms Saffioti said there had already been considerable interest from airlines.

The original State Government commitment was made as part of the 2017/18 Budget.

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