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AirLink backs away from Cobar/Mudgee talks

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 10, 2014

AirLink has walked away from negotiations to provide RPT services to Cobar and Mudgee. (Paul Sadler}
AirLink has walked away from negotiations to provide RPT services to Cobar and Mudgee. (Paul Sadler}

REX has announced its subsidiary AirLink will not take up the licences it was granted for services between Sydney and Cobar and Mudgee because “negotiations on partnership agreements with both councils” had broken down.

In a February 7 statement, AirLink CEO David Brooksby said that the two routes represented a “significant commercial risk” and that the airline was unable to come to an agreement with the councils representing the towns before the service was due to commence.

“As the deadline has been reached, we consider the matter closed,” Brooksby said. “Even if the deadline is extended, Rex is not confident of reaching an agreement given the ambivalent position of one of the mayors.”

REX has also said it will not apply for the Moree licence as that council had not responded to the airline’s call for expressions of interest.

Moree, Cobar and Mudgee were all left without air services following the December collapse of Brindabella Airlines.


Comments (2)

  • John


    What a disaster !!!

    Public servants head should roll over this debacle.

    Why is it that a charter can operate at anytime, but call it RPT & rules galour come into play, such as requirement to do a proving flight.

    THink Rex/Airlink are capable of operating these services without a proving flight.

  • BRG


    Really John? And REX has nothing to blame in this whole thing?

    Look at the bigger picture, this is more REX spin than anything else.

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