Locals grounded by $6k Broome airfares

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BROOME residents say they can no longer afford to fly to Perth, with one-way flights this Sunday priced at nearly $6000.

While locals are outraged, airlines say they are doing their best to cater for peak holiday season.

The Broome Chamber of Commerce posted a video online earlier this week, quoting one-way flights to Perth on Sunday priced between $5861 and $6003.

A local travel agent today quoted a return trip this weekend at almost $1800. In comparison, a return trip to Cairns with stopovers costs just over $1000 online, and getting to Auckland and back just over $1600.

The airlines say smaller flights actually cost more per kilometre and remote airports in WA have high charges.

A WA parliamentary inquiry into the price of regional flights is under way. The committee is due to report at the end of November.

Inquiry chairwoman Jessica Shaw said regional airfare in regional WA werethe most expensive in Australia.



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