Alliance Airlines to link Melbourne with Kununurra

Thrice weekly seasonal flights to operate from May to August 2020

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Alliance Airlines will offer seasonal scheduled services between Melbourne and Kununurra in the heart of Western Australia’s Kimberley region between May and August 2020.

The thrice-weekly operation was announced by Alliance Airlines in partnership with Wyndham East Kimberley and the East Kimberley Marketing Group. Four years in the making, the venture aims to lure visitors from the Victorian capital to the northern region of Western Australia.

Flights will be operated by Alliance Airlines’ Foker 70 aircraft, seating 80 passengers.

Tourism Stakeholders at an event in Kununurra to celebrate the partnership - From left: Mollie Hill, Tourism WA; Alex Ananian-Cooper, National Charter Sales Manager, Alliance Airlines; The Hon Alannah MacTiernan, WA Minister for Regional Development ; Cr David Menzel, President of the Shire of Wyndham/East Kimberley; Michael McConachy, Chair East Kimberley Marketing Group and Angus Tandy, APT.
Tourism Stakeholders at an event in Kununurra to celebrate the partnership – From left: Mollie Hill, Tourism WA; Alex Ananian-Cooper, National Charter Sales Manager, Alliance Airlines; The Hon Alannah MacTiernan, WA Minister for Regional Development ; Cr David Menzel, President of the Shire of Wyndham/East Kimberley; Michael McConachy, Chair East Kimberley Marketing Group and Angus Tandy, APT.

The air service is supported by luxury tour and cruise operator, APT, who have committed to the pre-purchase of a substantial number of the available seats, providing greater access to their guests, the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley said.

“Alliance Airlines is pleased to be able to offer Victorian and south-eastern states travellers the ability to fly
directly to the famous Kimberley region, as well as providing direct and affordable air services for residents of
the East Kimberley region to travel to Melbourne and other cities on the East Coast of Australia via our
partnership with Virgin Australia,” said the regional airline’s CEO Lee Schofield.

Paul Scurrah, CEO and Managing Director of Virgin Australia Group said: “We look forward to codesharing
with Alliance Airlines on this new route, allowing eligible guests to earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points and
Status Credits. The Melbourne-Kununurra flight will also connect onto our extensive domestic and
international network out of Melbourne.”

Flights between Melbourne and Kununurra are expected to go on sale in the coming months through local
travel agents and via www.virginaustralia.com

Lead image: Lee Schofield, Alliance Airlines CEO

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