Skytrans shut down at the end of last week
Skytrans shut down at the end of last week Kevin Farmer

State intervenes to guarantee Cape York flights

THE state government moved to ensure air services to Cape York communities continue operating from Monday, despite the sudden collapse of SkyTrans.

The Cairns-based airline stopped flying on Friday, citing the loss of a major state government contract and the falling Australian dollar as the key reasons.

SkyTrans general manager Tony Morrison said the shutdown could isolate remote towns for weeks.

But Transport Minister Scott Emerson said a deal with WestWing Aviation would see services to the Aurukun, Bamaga, Coen, Edward River (Pormpuraaw), Kowanyama and Lockhart River resume from Monday.

"This is a short-term arrangement while my department speaks to private operators about their plans for this region," he said.