It was just wonderful to receive the news last week that Qantas has agreed to cap the one way Karratha – Perth residents fare to a maximum of $400 either way.

This means there will no more of the $900 one-way horror fares that many who desperately needed to get to Perth for medical or family reasons were forced to pay.

It is important to note that the $800 return fare is the maximum the community will pay. Eligible residents can still access further discounts starting from 20% off the Qantas-controlled component of all-inclusive return fares from Karratha to Perth.

Qantas and Virgin will also continue to offer regular airfare sales, such as the recent sales which included $169 one-way flying with Virgin and $209 one-way flying with Qantas.

In addition to the cap, Qantas has agreed to waive the $99 change fee for bookings made through its discounted fares program.

City officers have been working on this agreement with Qantas for two years and Council has agreed to waive airport fees as part of the deal because we know being able to visit friends and family in Perth more often is a priority for our community and enhances the liveability of our City.

I would like to thank our staff who have worked so hard on this for so long, and also local resident Chris Pickett whose petition helped to convince Qantas they needed to ensure a better deal for the community.

To book, residents need to be members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program (join for free) which automatically links to your residential address. You'll need to log in to your Frequent Flyer account using your membership number before booking flights.

Rest assured, there is still work to be done in this space and Council is continuing its discussions with carriers and the government to reduce the cost of flights.