A new direct flight known as ‘The Kimberley Express’ has just gone on sale, providing a convenient connection between Melbourne and Kununurra.

The flights will be a game-changer for Australian tourism, making Western Australia’s extraordinary Kimberley region a whole lot more accessible.

The first-ever scheduled air service between the destinations will take off on May 15 2020 with tickets on sale from $399 each way for Economy Class, with Business Class also available on each flight.

The flights are timed to offer easy connections in Melbourne across the Virgin Australia network.

They will open up access to iconic destinations such as the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle), Mitchell River National Park, Lake Argyle and the Ord River, the famous Gibb River Road, El Questro, Home Valley Station and the remote northern-Kimberley coastline.

A number of the available seats have already been pre-purchased by APT, who will be using the seats to cater to their Kimberley cruise and land touring passengers.

The service will be operated by Alliance Airlines Fokker 70 aircraft, with seats sold via Virgin Australia.

The aircraft seats 8 passengers in Business Class and 65 in Economy Class. Flights will run three-times weekly between May and August 2020, departing Melbourne on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and departing Kununurra on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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This period captures the tourism season in the Kimberley.

East Kimberley Marketing Group Chair Michael McConachy said, “It is an exciting time for tourism in the Kimberley, with the direct flights opening up the region to the eastern states in a way which has never been possible before”.

“The direct air service will offer a time and cost-efficient option for travellers to the region and is the culmination of three years hard work by the stakeholders,” he said.