Dubbo airport is “not on the radar” for any new flights because there isn’t the demand or industry base to support more than the Sydney link, Brindabella Airlines CEO Jeff Boyd said.
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The privately owned regional airline this week began links to Brisbane from Moree and was awaiting a State Government-issued license to operate flights from Cobar to Sydney.

As for expanding the number of routes from Dubbo, Mr Boyd said the company would have to “sit and think on that a bit further”.

“From the numbers we see out of Dubbo there’s no flashing light,” Mr Boyd said.

“Dubbo’s not on the radar for a Brisbane flight just yet” because the number of people flying north, even just to Newcastle, were “minimal”, he said.

“It’s all well and good to put the service there for the average person,” he said.

But unlike Tamworth which had coal mines that were “Queensland-centric”, Dubbo had no industries that could secure a regular customer base.

Initially the company even turned down the opportunity to provide Sydney-bound flights from Cobar because it wasn’t a “sure thing”.

But Cobar Shire Council and the mines “put a proposal to us to underwrite our costs”, Mr Boyd said.

“It’s quite a unique proposal,” he said.

If Brindabella Airlines failed to cover its costs in the first three months of operation Cobar Shire Council and the mines would chip in so the company could at least break even.

“Three months is enough to time to see if it’s going to work or not,” Mr Boyd said.

He was “pretty confident” people from towns such as Bourke would take advantage of the service and it would continue to operate with a strong customer base after the three months.

The new flight services at Moree and Cobar would “make life easier” for locals and “attract people to the towns”, Mr Boyd said.

“I think it will help attract businesses to the towns, some medical people, some legal people to these towns and just give them back some of the services and facilities they had access to before they lost their (air) services,” he said.

But Dubbo was out of the picture for the meantime.

“If circumstances change we’d look at it again but at the moment …

we don’t see there’s a need,” Mr Boyd said.

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