Rex Airlines-branded aircraft grounded in Tamworth for fourth straight day

Going nowhere: The aircraft at Tamworth Airport. Photo: Peter Hardin

Going nowhere: The aircraft at Tamworth Airport. Photo: Peter Hardin

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.

Going nowhere: The Rex Airlines-branded aircraft at Tamworth Airport on Tuesday afternoon after it was diverted to the city on Friday. Photo: Peter Hardin

Going nowhere: The Rex Airlines-branded aircraft at Tamworth Airport on Tuesday afternoon after it was diverted to the city on Friday. Photo: Peter Hardin

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.

“​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.