Regional Airfare Zone Cap

The Regional Airfare Zone Cap scheme is a joint initiative between the State Government and five airlines: Airnorth, Qantas, Regional Express (Rex), Skippers Aviation and Virgin.

The scheme builds on each of the airlines’ resident fare programs by reducing their maximum resident fare prices to the Zone Cap fare of $199 or $299.  

Capped airfares have landed in regional WA

How to book 

Tickets for Zone Cap fares can be booked through the respective airlines below. Flights start from 1 July 2022.

  • Airnorth - call 1800 627 474
  • Qantas - you will need to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program or call 13 13 13
  • Rex - the resident fare price option will be displayed when you search for your flight
  • Skippers Aviation - call 1300 729 924
  • Virgin Australia - you will need to join the Velocity Frequent Flyer program or call 13 67 89

Who can access Zone Cap fares and how much will they cost?

The Regional Airfare Zone Cap (Zone Cap) is a State Government initiative allowing WA regional residents to access a capped airfare for personal travel on eligible routes to and from Perth, subject to seat availability.

Who is eligible for Zone Cap fares and where can you travel?

  • To be eligible to purchase Zone Cap fares you must be a regional resident of Western Australia. Regional residents are people who live outside of the Perth and Peel regions. 
     
  • The Zone Cap airfares are for personal travel to Perth only, and not for business travel or for travel where the airfare is paid by your employer. If you plan to travel for business, you will need to buy a retail fare, or a community airfare, if available.
     
  • Zone Cap fares must be booked as a return fare with travel originating from a regional destination, listed in the tables below, to Perth and back to the same regional destination. You will also be required to tick a declaration during the booking process stating that you are eligible for a Zone Cap fare. 
     
  • The Zone Cap is designed so regional residents travel from their nearest airport; however, some exceptions will apply for those living in between two airports. For example, a Leonora resident will qualify for the Zone Cap fare when flying from Leonora or Kalgoorlie to Perth. Fitzroy Crossing residents will be able to purchase Zone Cap fare tickets from Broome or Kununurra to Perth.
     
  • The Zone Cap fares are available on regional air routes directly operating to Perth, along with a few locations that don’t have a non-stop air route to Perth but have a stopover on the way (for example Perth-Laverton-Leonora). The eligible locations are listed in the tables below.
     
  • Zone Cap fares only apply on direct or triangulated flights to Perth and return. The Zone Cap fares are not available for connecting flights booked as separate tickets.

ZONE 1: $199 one-way (inclusive of GST and airport fees)

Regional residents departing from an airport listed below will pay no more than $199:

Airport One-way cap price Airline
Albany $199 Rex
Carnarvon* $199 Rex
Esperance $199 Rex
Geraldton $199 Qantas
Kalgoorlie  $199 Qantas and Virgin
Laverton* $199 Skippers Aviation
Leonara* $199 Skippers Aviation
Meekatharra $199 Skippers Aviation
Monkey Mia (Denham)* $199 Rex
Mount Magnet* $199 Skippers Aviation
Wiluna* $199 Skippers Aviation

* Air services on these routes may not be direct to Perth, however they are regulated air routes and still eligible for the Zone Cap fare.

ZONE 2: $299 one-way (inclusive of GST and airport fees)

Regional residents departing from an airport listed below will pay no more than $299:

Airport One-way cap price Airline
Broome $299 Qantas and Virgin 
Exmouth (Learmonth) $299 Qantas
Karratha $299 Qantas and Virgin 
Kununurra $299 Airnorth and Virgin 
Newman $299 Qantas and Virgin
Paraburdoo $299 Qantas 
Port Hedland $299 Qantas and Virgin

* Air services on these routes may not be direct to Perth, however they are regulated air routes and still eligible for the Zone Cap fare.

Are there any additional costs under the Zone Cap?

  • Optional extras, such as excess baggage, credit card booking fees, and in-flight meals or entertainment, may attract additional charges which may vary depending on the airline.
  • Currently all resident fares include a checked and carry-on baggage allowance, but you should confirm this with your airline, as baggage allowances are not a determined by the Zone Cap fares.
  • Passengers can make at least one flight change free of charge when travelling on a Zone Cap fare. Additional flight changes may attract additional charges which can vary from airline to airline.

What if I find a cheaper fare than the Zone Cap, can I still take advantage of sale fares?

  • Yes, you can still book a sale fare that is lower than the Zone Cap fare and is available. 
  • It is recommended that you first try the airline’s regular website, call centre or a travel agent, as there may be a fare lower than the Zone Cap fare. If there isn’t, you can use the airline’s resident fare portal or call centre to book a Zone Cap fare.
  • The Zone Cap fare works to reduce the maximum cost of airfares for residents. It is a cap.
  • Airlines will continue to offer promotional, community and other special (sale) fares that would be cheaper than the Zone Cap fare. 

How can I access the Zone Cap fare tickets?

Tickets for Zone Cap fares can be booked from 31 March 2022, for air travel undertaken from 1 July 2022.

Note: To get the Zone Cap fare you will need to book a resident fare with your airline. This resident fare will be capped at either $199 or $299 for eligible regional WA residents.

Step 1: Register with the relevant airline to access the Zone Cap fares through their respective resident fare program. 

You can find out more information through the links below, or by calling the following phone numbers:

  • Qantas - you will need to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program (link below) or call 13 13 13
  • Virgin Australia – you will need to join the Velocity Frequent Flyer program (link below) or call 13 67 89
  • Skippers Aviation – call 1300 729 924
  • Airnorth – call 1800 627 474
  • Rex – the resident fare price option will be displayed when you search for your flight (link below)

Step 2: Log into the airline’s resident fare portal or call them using the details above, to access a Zone Cap fare. The Zone Cap fare must be booked on a return basis. 

Step 3: Once you have your Zone Cap fare ticket, travel as you usually would. There is nothing else that you have do to in respect of your Zone Cap fare after you have flown.

External Link Qantas: Discounted fares for residents
External Link Virgin Australia: Discount fares for regional residents
External Link Regional Express (Rex): search flights

Zone Cap fares overview

The State Government has committed $19.8 million over three years until June 2025, to deliver a Regional Airfare Zone Cap.  The Zone Cap fares will make air travel to and from Perth more affordable and help increase the liveability for regional WA residents.

The Zone Cap is a partnership between the State Government and five airlines: Airnorth, Qantas, Rex, Skippers Aviation and Virgin Australia. The scheme builds on each of the airlines’ resident fare programs by reducing their resident fare prices to the Zone Cap fare of $199 for people living within 1,000 km (by road) from Perth or $299 for people living beyond 1,000 km from Perth. This means that regional residents will never have to pay more than the Zone Cap fare when they travel to Perth (subject to seat availability).  

To participate in the scheme, each airline needed to apply to the State Government and have a regional resident airfare program in place. 

Regional residents will still be able to access fares below the Zone Cap prices, such as sale fares. 

To access Zone Cap fares, residents will need to book a return fare with travel commencing in the regions. 

Zone Cap tickets are available for booking from 31 March 2022 through the respective airlines on regional routes for air travel commencing from 1 July 2022.

What are the booking conditions for the Zone Cap fare?

  • The Zone Cap fares must be booked on a return basis. 
  • The specific terms and conditions of an airline’s Zone Cap fare vary between airlines. For example, the number of resident fares you can purchase per year or the number of flight changes you can make free of charge may vary depending on the airline.
  • Some resident fares are non-refundable. Please check with the airline before booking your flight. 

What will happen if I need to change the date of my return flight?

  • Passengers can make one flight change free of charge when travelling on a Zone Cap fare. Some airlines may offer additional changes, with or without a fee. Please check the terms and conditions of your specific fare before you book.

How many trips per year can I book using the Zone Cap fare?

  • In most cases, there are no limits on the number of Zone Cap fares which passengers can book. Where an airline does have a limit on the number of Zone Cap fares, a passenger can choose to fly with another airline if more than one airline operates on the route. 

Will the Zone Cap apply all year round or is it only for flights at non-peak times?

  • The Zone Cap fare applies all year-round, including during peak times, such as public and school holidays, subject to seat availability. 
  • If seats are not available on your preferred flight, you can consider other options, such as a different departure time or day, or flying with an alternative airline if possible.

Why do I have to be part of the respective airline program?

  • Some airlines use their loyalty program to establish and check if you are eligible for the Zone Cap fare. 
  • This allows them to use the address you supplied to them to ensure that you receive the right airfare price when booking a resident fare.

Do I need to be a member of the airline’s resident fare program in order to access the Zone Cap fares? What if I need to travel urgently and don’t have time to sign up to the program?

  • To access Zone Cap fares, you are required to be a member of the resident fare program of the respective airline and have an address that corresponds to the applicable regional area. 
  • If you are not a member of an airline’s resident fare program and need to travel urgently, please contact the airline to assess what fare options there may be for you.

Will it cost me any money to be part of the airline residential fare program?

  • No. Airlines that usually charge to join their scheme/loyalty program are waiving the joining fee for people seeking to access Zone Cap fares. Check with the airline for more information.
Page last updated: Thu May 12 2022 3:26:19 PM