The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is calling for expressions of interest from commercial and private airlines to supply flight services for the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community.
The City will use the EOI process to shortlist suitable respondents to call for a restricted Request for Tender to those determined as acceptable tenderers.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the City was putting the call out for other aviation operators to consider Kalgoorlie-Boulder in an effort to increase the competitiveness of the market and make flights more affordable for residents and tourists to travel to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“The exorbitant cost of air travel to and from Kalgoorlie-Boulder is an issue the City has been working hard to address for some time now, but it has become clear that if we want to see something done, we need to do it ourselves,” he said.
“We see this as another way we can help stimulate our local economy, as more residents and visitors creates flow on effects for businesses to attract and retain employees, and their ability to grow and contribute to the local economy.
“We’re encouraging interested aviation operators to submit proposals to create opportunities for travel focussed on the local market that create recreational, tourism and business options for visitors, residents and local business owners.
“The City is looking at opportunities to work in partnership with an aviation operator to deliver this service to the local market, creating lifestyle benefits that will really increase the liveability of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. People don’t want to live here if they can’t get back to Perth quickly and at a reasonable price, and tourists don’t want to come here because the flights are so expensive,” Mr Walker said.
“We’re open to routes that go beyond Kalgoorlie-Boulder to Perth. If the operators want to run direct flights to other regional locations like Esperance, Margaret River, Exmouth or Broome, or link with interstate airports like Adelaide or Sydney, so travellers can continue on with their national or international trips, we’re definitely keen to hear from them.”
Copies of the Expression of Interest documentation are available by contacting City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker, on 08 9021 9600 or by email email@example.com