Date Posted: 01/06/2019
Working with the West Australian Government, Qantas has once again launched special weekend fares with hopes it will attract more tourists to Exmouth over the upcoming peak travel season.
“As the national carrier, we’re proud to promote WA to travellers from around the world and in our own backyard. These fares will encourage more people to book early and explore Exmouth, one of the most idyllic destinations on the west coast.” Said Mr. Andrew David, Qantas Domestic CEO.
Currently there are 150 seats on board selected flights selling for as low as $169 one way. Seats are available over each weekend period (Friday to Monday) for flights between Perth and Exmouth, operating from 7 June 2019 to 30 September 2019.
Passengers can save up to $180 for each return trip which is a great saving.
The only catch if you are looking for these special weekend fares is that you must book 45 days in advance, that’s over six weeks before your expected departure date. My best advise is getting in quick and planning ahead as this will save you the most.
“Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef are one of Western Australia’s iconic tourism experiences and this Qantas deal will make the region more accessible to thousands of visitors.” Said Mr. Paul Papalia, Tourism Minister
Special weekend fares are only offered as part of a trial period for the upcoming peak travel season this year. A similar initiative was undertaken between Broome and Perth, which saw encouraging results and promising bookings. Qantas will review the uptake and effectiveness of this new offer with the flights to/from Exmouth.
Results have extremely surprised Qantas since the trial began twelve months ago on the Perth-Broome-Perth route, which at the time of posting over 19,000 fares have been sold. These airfares are injecting a huge amount of money in to Broome’s economy, mostly from leisure travellers which is usually dominated by the commercial resource market. The average length of stay has also scientifically increased for visitors choosing to stay in Broome.
A much larger aircraft will be deployed on the Perth-Exmouth-Perth route over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) with a slightly larger Boeing 717 aircraft compared to the usual Fokker F100 which predominately operates the route during the week.
The larger, Boeing 717 will offer an additional 25 seats compared to the Fokker F100 aircraft. Over a monthly period, the route will see an additional 700 seats encouraging leisure-based travellers to come out and explore Exmouth.
“Operating a larger aircraft during the peak season means we can bring more visitors to the region, which is a win for tourism and local businesses in Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef.” Commented Mr. David
Passengers can book online at qantas.com or from your local travel agent.
“The region is home to two World Heritage-listed areas, the dolphins at Monkey Mia, the ancient stromatolites at Hamelin Pool, one of the world’s only beaches made entirely of shells and, of course, the biggest fringing reef on the planet at Ningaloo, where visitors can swim with whale sharks, humpbacks, turtles and manta rays.” Added Mr. Paul Papalia, Tourism Minister