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Local Fare Scheme – Airfare subsidy for regional and remote Queensland

The Local Fare Scheme is an airfare subsidy that aims to improve the standard of living of local residents in regional and remote Queensland communities by making air travel to neighbouring communities more affordable.

The airfare subsidy is available to local residents who have lived in their eligible community for 3 or more years. Residents may receive a discount of up to $400 for return airfare bookings when travelling between the following airports:

To be eligible for the scheme, local residents will be required to provide a letter from their local council to prove they have been a resident in Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria or Torres Strait community for a minimum of 3 years.

Conditions

  • Up to $400 discount for return travel, including GST; up to $200 discount is applied to each one way fare, including GST. Minimum fare payable is $99 each way, including GST, plus booking fees.
  • Residents must book return travel, one way flights not eligible.
  • Residents must apply for a Letter of Eligibility through their local council before booking discounted fares under the Local Fare Scheme.
  • Discounted airfares under the scheme are only available through a local ticketing agent.
  • Discount applies at the airline’s discretion.
  • Discount cannot be applied to entry level airfares or tactical sale fares.
  • Fare rules are in accordance with the fare type booked, set by airlines.
  • Discount is for personal air travel only, not for employer paid or government use.
  • Not to be used in conjunction with any other government travel subsidy.
  • Use is limited to 12 times per financial year, per person.
  • Only for use on scheduled air services to selected communities in Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Strait.
  • Not for use on charter services.
  • Transport and Main Roads can change any aspect of the scheme at any time, including but not limited to discount amount, community scope, seat availability and eligibility requirements.

Steps for booking your flight

Step 1 — Apply for your Letter of Eligibility

Visit your local council and demonstrate (your local council will set requirements) that you have lived locally for a minimum of 3 years. If approved, your council will issue you a Letter of Eligibility. Contact your local council for more information. 

If you have lost your Letter of Eligibility contact your local council for a replacement.

Step 2 — Buy your ticket

Visit your local ticketing agent to buy your ticket. 

Bookings can be made on behalf of family members if each family member has a Letter of Eligibility.

To access discounted flights through the Local Fare Scheme you must:

  • present photo ID
  • provide your Letter of Eligibility
  • book a return flight from an eligible airport through the local ticketing agent
  • complete travel by 30 June 2019. Please note: Eligible residents of Doomadgee, Mornington Island and Weipa Town Authority, may book flights any time, but travel will need to be completed by 31 August 2018 as access to this scheme is currently a trial.
  • advise the ticketing agent the reason for travel

Step 3 — Travel

  • Turn up for the flight
  • Present photo ID

Depending on the type of fare you have booked you will need to contact your ticketing agent if you miss your flight or need to change it. 

If you miss more than 2 flights within a 12 month period you may not be able to receive any further discounted flights. 

For more information about the Local Fare Scheme email: aviation@translink.com.au.

Eligible airports and agents

See below for eligible airports within each region council and agent contact details.

Cape York

Aurukun airport

Council/Community Aurukun Shire Council – 07 4060 6800
Airline Skytrans
Agent Aurukun Shire Council – 07 4047 6704  

Bamaga airport

Council/Community Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council Bamaga – 07 4090 4100
Airline Skytrans
REX
Agent Cape York Ice and Tackle (Robert & Cheryl—Skytrans) 07 4069 3695

Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council & Bamaga Dreamtime (Rex) 07 4090 4100 / 07 4069 3222
Council/Community Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council Seisia – 07 4090 6700
Airline Skytrans
REX
Agent

Cape York Ice and Tackle (Robert & Cheryl—Skytrans) 07 4069 3695

Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council & Bamaga Dreamtime (Rex) 07 4090 4100 / 07 4069 3222

Council/Community Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council New Mapoon – 07 4090 6600 
Airline Skytrans
REX
Agent

Cape York Ice and Tackle (Robert & Cheryl—Skytrans) 07 4069 3695

Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council & Bamaga Dreamtime (Rex) 07 4090 4100 / 07 4069 3222

Council/Community Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council Umagico – 07 4090 6900
Airline Skytrans
REX
Agent

Cape York Ice and Tackle (Robert & Cheryl—Skytrans) 07 4069 3695

Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council & Bamaga Dreamtime (Rex) 07 4090 4100 / 07 4069 3222

Council/Community Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council Injinoo – 07 4090 6800
Airline Skytrans
REX
Agent

Cape York Ice and Tackle (Robert & Cheryl—Skytrans) 07 4069 3695

Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council & Bamaga Dreamtime (Rex) 07 4090 4100 / 07 4069 3222

Coen airport

Council/Community Cook Shire Council – 07 4069 5444
Airline Skytrans
Agent Balkanu Cape York Development Corp (Coen Guesthouse) – 07 4019 6200

Kowanyama airport

Council/Community Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council – 07 4083 7100
Airline Hinterland
Skytrans
Agent Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council – 07 4083 7100

Lockhart River airport

Council/Community Lockhart River – 07 4060 7144
Airline Skytrans
Agent Lockhart River Aerodrome – 07 4060 7121

Pormpuraaw airport

Council/Community Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council – 07 4060 4600
Airline Hinterland
Skytrans
Agent Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council – 07 4053 3129

Weipa airport

Council/Community Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council – 07 4082 5211
Airline Skytrans
Agent Island and Cape – 07 4069 7805
Council/Community Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council – 07 4090 5600
Airline Skytrans
Agent Island and Cape – 07 4069 7805
Council/Community Weipa Town Authority – 07 4030 9400
Airline Skytrans
Agent Tackleworld Weipa – 07 4069 7235

Gulf of Carpentaria

Doomadgee airport

Council/Community Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council – 07 4745 8351
Airline REX
Agent Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council – 07 3164 6266

Mornington Island airport

Council/Community Mornington Shire Council – 07 4745 7800
Airline REX
Agent Quartzcave Pty Ltd
Owen Walker, Jessy and Greg Taylor – 0427 672 331

Torres Strait

Horn Island airport

Council/Community Thursday Island
Torres Shire Council - 07 4069 1336
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 07 4214 1700
Council/Community Horn Island
Torres Shire Council – 07 4069 1336
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 07 4212 1400

Badu Island airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Island and Cape – 07 4069 4847

Coconut (Poruma) Island airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 07 4212 7030

Darnley (Erub) Island airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 07 4214 7060 

Kubin Village airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 07 4214 7110

Mabuiag Island airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service –07 4212 7100

Murray (Mer) Island airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 4069 4045

Saibai Island airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 07 4212 7040

Sue (Warraber) Island airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 07 4069 4168

Talbot (Boigu) Island airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 07 4214 7000

Yam (Iama) Island airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 07 4214 7020

Yorke (Masig) Island airport

Council/Community Torres Strait Island Regional Council – 07 4034 5700
Airline Skytrans
Agent Islanders Board of Industry and Service – 07 4214 7070
Last updated
31 August 2017