“WHILE buildings don’tdefine community, they are a reflection of the community,” Shire of Esperancepresident Mal Heasman said at the official opening of the Esperance Airport onFriday.
Mr Heasman unveiled aplaque which to commemorate the $2.5 million upgrade of the Esperance terminal,a project which has been underway since September 2011.
The Regional AirportsDevelopment Scheme through the Royalties for Regions program paid $1.126million, while the government put in a contribution of $320,000 for theterminal extensions.
Construction began inApril this year, with the full terminal opening on October 28.
Internally, more spacehas been made available for the screening point, the sterile lounge and thecheck baggage screening equipment, together with more space for the baggagearrival carousel.
Member for Eyre, DrGraham Jacobs said the funding promoted the development of a facility that is“truly good and great” for the town.
“As the state memberthere are still some issues we need to work through in improving schedules anddeveloping airfares at affordable prices,” he said.
“For us, that is a majorchallenge, but we need to achieve that to improve the commercial components ofEsperance and the people who visit.”
Mr Heasman said ifairfares were better priced, Skywest would have bigger load factors.
“But Skywest argue theother side: The load factor isn’t high enough to justify the reduced prices,”he said.
Mr Heasman said he feltit would be good to have a three-month trial whereby the prices were reduced tosee the impact on load factors and said he would like to approach Skywest onthese terms.
“We should try toencourage it over a tourist period where there is some inducement to see if alower airfare regime would increase the load substantially,” he said.
SHIRE of Esperance president Mal Heasman, Member for Mining and Pastoral Wendy Duncan and Member for Eyre Dr Graham Jacobs at the official opening of the Esperance Airport on Friday.
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