Moree looks like winning fight for new airline

QANTASLINK has given its strongest hint yet that it could make a permanent return to the skies above Moree.

A spokeswoman for the airline told The Leader yesterday that it was “actively considering” applying for the route’s exclusive licence.

The airline’s decision to step in before Christmas and offer relief flights from Moree to Sydney raised hopes of a homecoming of sorts.

QantasLink had served the Moree community for more than 20 years until in 2012 it controversially lost out to Brindabella Airlines.

Josh McGregor, of the Moree Community Airline Group, which has been spearheading a campaign to woo the Flying Kangaroo, said he was buoyed by the latest development.

“Just to hear they are a possibility of throwing their hat into the ring is wonderful news,” Mr McGregor said.

“It’s exactly what we’ve been working towards and everyone will be very, very happy to hear it.”

Airlines have until February 7 to make their submissions for the regulated routes of Moree, Narrabri, Cobar, Cooma and Mudgee.

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