In response to what it called urgent community and state members’ appeals, Southeast Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) announced in late December that it had begun preparations to place several of the routes once flown by the now defunct Brindabella Airlines onto its air operator certificate (AOC). Rex general manager of network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge said that routes not already on Rex’s AOC required approval from the country’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) before Rex could mount regular public transport air services to them. The Rex Group already holds CASA approval for the New South Wales communities of Orange, Newcastle, Cobar and Mudgee. It said it would first seek approval for Moree and Narrabri, and possibly Cooma in time for winter 2015.
“We do not anticipate any difficulties obtaining CASA approvals, but given the time of the year, we believe we should begin work sooner rather than later to be ready for the new tender for the licensed routes of Brindabella Airlines, which has gone into [bankruptcy] administration,” said Lodge.