A REX Airlines-branded plane remains grounded at Tamworth after four days because of a staffing issue, the airline says.
The aircraft sat idle on the tarmac at Tamworth Airport for a fourth-straight day on Tuesday after touching down late on Friday.
It’s understood the aircraft left Brisbane on Friday night but was diverted to Tamworth.
A spokesperson for Rex Airlines did not answer questions from The Leader but instead issued a short statement blaming “manpower” for the aircraft’s grounding.
REX still in wars. Diverted to YSTW on Friday. Still on the ground. 4 Airlines 2 Bays. Joy. pic.twitter.com/fslhikJRx4— Tamworth Airport (@Tamworthairport) April 17, 2017
“The aircraft in question belongs to Pel-Air which is one of the subsidiaries of the Rex Group,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“The aircraft was parked at Tamworth due to reduced manpower over the long weekend.”
The Leader understands the same aircraft flew from Brisbane to Mackay in Queensland on Friday morning, and made the return journey on Friday afternoon.
The plane had still not taken off on Tuesday night.