Media Release 2010-10-25 (1)
Skywest introduce Jet services into Geraldton
Skywest is pleased to announce it has been working with the City of Geraldton-Greenough to introduce Jet services as part of Skywest’s overall strategy to expand Geraldton as a regional aviation hub. Geraldton is currently served by 50 seat turboprop aircraft.
‘With the growth in the market to 100,000 passenger movements a year and subject to the finalisation of security screening arrangements, Skywest plans to introduce 100 seat jet services as early as January 2011’ says Skywest Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Mark Shelton.
As part of this strategy, Skywest is negotiating a terminal lease within the airport for a telephone call centre for the network sales of airline tickets. In addition, Skywest has been chosen by the City of Geraldton – Greenough as the provider of the airport Jet security screening. Skywest’s Geraldton jet services will include an East Coast of Australia connection to Melbourne via Kalgoorlie. Skywest is continuing its commitment to the regions and believes these initiatives will greatly enhance the growth of the Geraldton-Greenough regions.
City of Geraldton-Greenough Mayor, Cr Ian Carpenter welcomed the announcement highlighting the City, in partnership with the WA State Government, has recently completed the upgrade of the Geraldton Regional Airport. Cr Carpenter said “This commitment fully supports and justifies our strategic investment and recognises Geraldton-Greenough’s emerging status as a major regional economic powerhouse. The Melbourne connection will also see a substantial new market get direct access to Australia’s Coral Coast region using Geraldton as the primary hub and regional capital. The City has taken a strong leadership role in driving and supporting the development of tourism in the Geraldton region and we will fully intend to maximise the benefits.”
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