QantasLink to the rescue of stranded passengers

QANTASLINK has emerged as the potential saviour of a community left in isolation following the collapse of Brindabella.

The airline has submitted a proposal to Transport for NSW to operate a daily air service from Moree to Sydney.

The temporary service would comprise two return flights on weekdays and one return flight on Saturdays and Sundays.

QantasLink said it would offer heavily discounted fares to passengers on its 36-seat Q200 aircraft.

“We are ready, willing and able to support the Moree community,” a Qantas spokesman said.

 “This is in addition to the relief airfares we have already  offered a number of impacted communities. We understand how important air services are to regional communities like Moree, especially in the lead-up to Christmas.”

Brindabella Airlines was last year controversially granted an exclusive five-year licence to operate the Moree-to-Sydney routes.

However, the terms of the licence allow Brindabella – or its receivers, KordaMentha – to operate the service in association with QantasLink, paving the way for a deal to be done.

A Transport for NSW spokesman said it was hoped the two parties could reach an agreement quickly.

“We encourage QantasLink and KordaMentha to work together with the local council to commence flights as soon as practical in the coming days,” a spokesman said.

“We thank QantasLink for their offer to support the Moree community.”

The department is encouraging other airlines that wish to offer assistance to communities affected by Brindabella’s failure to contact KordaMentha.

NSW TrainLink’s alternative coach arrangement will remain in place to transport customers to and from nearby airports until further notice.

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