Ansett failure threatens regional air services

Country travellers are expected to be hardest hit by the demise of Ansett, with 32 regional centres facing the prospect of losing their only airline service. Of all the states, Western Australia would be hardest hit as Ansett is currently the sole operator of airline services to 15 regional destinations. Locations affected include:


Albany, Belmont, Carnarvon, Esperance, Geraldton, , Laverton, Learmonth, Leinster, Leonora, Meekarthara, Monkey Mia, Mount Keith, , Portland, Traralgon and Wiluna.


Bathurst, Broken Hill, Casino, Griffith, Lismore, Merimbula, Moruya, Narrandera, Newcastle, Orange and Parkes.


Ceduna, Coober Pedy and Olympic Dam


Bamaga and Weipa


King Island

However, the Federal Government has indicated it would insist that any rescue package from Qantas or Virgin Blue give priority to the preservation of regional routes which are flown only by Ansett affiliates – Hazelton, Kendell, Aeropelican and Skywest.

‘Domino effect may ground country travellers', The Sydney Morning Herald, 11/09/01, p4; ‘Links to 32 remote centres face the axe' & ‘Outback fears being grounded forever', The Australian, 11/09/01, p11-12.