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Department involved with research into WA remote air travel patterns

Amazing view of the red Australian desert from an airplane window.

The aviation industry in Western Australia plays a vital role in the economic and social development of the state. It connects remote and regional area and provides key services to local communities, and the resources and tourism industries.

Mr Brett Hughes (Department of Transport), Dr Jianhong (Cecilia) Xia, Professor Torbjorn Falkmer and Spatial Sciences PhD student, Heng Zhou, from Curtin University, have developed a joint research project using spatial technologies for understanding air travel patterns and key parameters relevant to WA’s regional air services.

The project’s aim is to guide policy development and inform government, stakeholders and the general public about market size, demand profiles and travel seasonality.

Curtin University, through research to be undertaken by Heng Zhou, is intending to undertake research into market size, demand profiles and travel seasonality of WA’s regional air services. This study will address the necessity to understand how both passengers and airlines react to policy changes, especially their impact on access to and competition between airports in regional WA.