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Australia has a new domestic airline dedicated to the Kimberley region

Nexus Airlines will make it much easier to access some of Australia’s most remote locations.

Nexus Airlines will take to the sky from 10 July.

It will soon be easier and more affordable to explore more of Western Australia’s remote outback after scenic air tour company Aviair launched a new domestic airline offering scheduled services.

Due to take off for the first time from 10 July, Nexus Airlines will provide scheduled services from its base in Geraldton to Karratha, Port Hedland and Broome as well as to Perth and Darwin. The airline’s launch has been assisted by a $4.05 million grant from the Western Australia government.

Nexus Airlines will fly 76-seat De Havilland Canada Dash 8 turboprops on its services, significantly increasing capacity from the nine-seat planes flown by its parent Aviair on the existing Inter-Regional Flight Network (IRFN).

This intra-state state network will also allow residents and the mining industry to fly between regional centres without first needing to go via Perth.

Nexus Airlines will feature products and amenities sourced from local suppliers.

With ambitions to operate most routes twice daily on weekdays and at least once daily on weekends, Nexus’ network will unlock access to Kimberley highlights such as the Dampier Peninsula, Horizontal Falls, El Questro Wilderness Park, Houtman Abrolhos Island and more.

Nexus Airlines will offer amenities, inflight catering and services sourced from regional Western Australia suppliers, while all crew and operations will be based in Geraldton and Broome.

Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the launch of a new airline was a massive win for regional aviation.

"We have invested more than $4 million to expand the Inter-Regional Flight Network, and the launch of Nexus Airlines will mean bigger planes, more routes, better services and cheaper airfares.

“The network expansion will mean for the first time in our State's regional aviation history, people will be able to fly directly between Karratha and Geraldton.”

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 19 May 2023

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