Monday, 8 June 2020
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today welcomed the announcement QantasLink will resume flights from Sydney to Moree by the end of June, while an additional return flight will be added to the Sydney to Armidale schedule as, COVID-19 travel restrictions continue to be eased.
Mr Marshall said news QantasLink would increase its domestic flights would be warmly welcomed by the region’s struggling businesses and tourism operators.
“The return of regular flights into Moree is a major step towards breathing life back into rural economies,” Mr Marshall said.
“From Monday, 22 June, QantasLink will commence a return service between Sydney and Moree on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, providing flexibility for tourists looking to take a dip in the artesian baths and business operators needing to attend meetings.
“While this is fewer flights than before the COVID-19 travel restrictions came into effect, I think it is a promising sign the carrier sees a future in this route.
“QantasLink has also indicated it will add an additional return service to Armidale each week, changing its schedule to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as well.”
Mr Marshall said he and Moree Plains Shire Council were continuing to work with the QantasLink and the State Government to extend its licence for the regulated Moree route beyond September.
“For the past two years QantasLink has served the Moree Plains well, with a consistent and reliable service into Sydney,” he said.
“During the pandemic I have remained in constant contact with Minister for Regional Transport Paul Toole, urging him to allow QantasLink to simply renew its Moree licence, without having to go through the frustrating and long-winded tender process.
“If we are to succeed in kick-starting regional economies post COVID-19, it is imperative Government makes common sense decisions which allows the smooth flow of commerce between the city and the country.
“Having a smooth transition, with QantasLink continuing flights after September, will give businesses the confidence they need to continue operating, while also easing stress on patients, who rely on the service to access medical treatment in the Sydney.”