MORE than 300 people braved soaring temperatures to gather at Moree Airport this morning to show their appreciation for QantasLink.
Captain Rob Langfield and flight attendant Jen Rendy were greeted by a sea of people dressed in Qantas' famous colours of red and white.
They were presented with hampers containing a selection of locally produced foods and told how much QantasLink's service meant to the town.
"It was a very good turnout and, to be honest, it was perfect because we couldn't have fit anymore people into the space we were doing it in," Moree Airline Steering Committee spokesman Josh McGregor said.
QantasLink stepped in last month following the collapse of Brindabella Airlines and offered Moree flights to and from Sydney until March.
Transport for NSW is set to call for tenders this week to find a new carrier to take over the route on an exclusive, long-term licence.
The rally's organisers are hopeful today's show of support will convince Qantas to participate in the tender process.
See tomorrow's edition of The Leader for the full story.
SHOW OF THANKS: QantasLink flight attendant Jen Rendy and captain Rob Langfield receive gifts from during a public rally at