Busselton Margaret River Airport
The regional Busselton Margaret River Airport (BMRA) has been developed to accommodate interstate and international air services. Jetstar has been secured to provide a future air service that will directly link the East Coast of Australia with the South West of Western Australia.
The first-ever commercial air service between Melbourne and Busselton, disrupted from its original commencement date by the COVID-19 pandemic, will open a new gateway into Western Australia that will allow visitors to fly direct to the South West.
Services are expected to commence in June 2021 and run three times a week, providing a regular passenger transport service that will boost the local tourism industry and unlock new opportunities in investment and job-creation. Jetstar remains committed to the route and looks forward to launching the historic first flights between Busselton and Melbourne as border controls are adjusted, travel demand returns and operational ramp up allows.
The significant State Government and local support for the City of Busselton-managed BMRA has already resulted in the generation of business and employment opportunities, in addition to the millions of dollars spent locally during construction.
The airport can cater for wide body aircraft such as the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the potential for freight is being explored. The airport services the largest non-metropolitan FIFO workforce in Western Australia underpinning the State’s important mining sector. It is also a strategic base for emergency services aircraft which support firefighting efforts across the State and country. One large C130- Large Aircraft Tanker and supporting infrastructure has been based at the airport for the 2020/21 bushfire season and a RAAF C17 was recently landed to deliver essential fire retardant material. This would not have been possible prior to the runway and apron upgrades.
The South West Development Commission was instrumental in building the business case for the development of the airport and secured funding for the project. The State Government, through the South West Development Commission and Tourism WA, has worked closely with the City of Busselton to take the project from the business case stage to development to securing an airline service.
The Busselton Margaret River Airport upgrade has been recognised with a National Award for Local Government.
The City of Busselton was awarded the ‘Boosting Productivity through Infrastructure Award’ for engineering the transformation of Busselton Margaret River Airport into a regional hub capable of handling interstate and international flights.