Rex subsidiary Air Link has been granted interim approval to service Cobar and Mudgee from Sydney until March 21, but has decided not to operate those services because of what it says has been a “much-delayed approval” process.
Rex says it is still assessing whether the route is viable, and claimed Transport NSW’s drawn out granting of interim services for what would only be a seven week interim period meant it did not “make commercial sense” to commence the services.
The airline says it remains in discussions with the Cobar Shire Council and Mid-Western
Regional Council, and says it will “decide on whether to apply for the NSW intrastate air transport licences for these two communities pending the outcome of these discussions.”
Both towns were left without RPT services after the November collapse of Brindabella Airlines.