Council dissent as door slams on Regional Express

LONG-SERVING councillor James Treloar has criticised Tamworth Regional Council over its lack of "will" to attract a second airline and force down ticket prices.

The former mayor, speaking at Tuesday night's council meeting, said competition on the Sydney air service was imperative for Tamworth's future prosperity.

"Where there's a will, there's a way," he said. "But, however, I will say that because there's no will, there is certainly no way this is going to happen."

Rex has expressed interest in challenging QantasLink's monopoly, but not unless it is exempt from paying a council-levied $8.50 per seat security screening charge.

However, councillors controversially voted not to go to the expense of creating a separate area from which airlines with smaller planes could operate. 

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