Growing support to launch interstate air service
The group behind plans for a Dubbo-based interstate air service says it has received the backing of a national airline to operate the flights.
The Dubbo City Development Corporation has held talks with a New South Wales company to run the air link to Brisbane and Melbourne.
The DCDC says a survey of communities including Orange, Molong, Forbes and Parkes also reveals strong support for the service.
The General Manager, Rorque Poisson, says getting the backing of local mines is vital.
"It's been suggested that I talk to the mining industry just to confirm their interest and availability in getting involved as stakeholders to underwrite the pilot," he said.
Mr Poisson says the service will need to be underwritten by mining companies so it is financially viable.
He says he is confident there will be a lot of demand from mining executives.
"It's a case of economics.
"If you're living in Orange, Molong, Parkes, Forbes etcetera and you're trying to get through to Melbourne it only makes sense to drive through to Dubbo.
"So we believe that they'll be tremendous amount of interest.
"We've really seen that just with the very last survey sample."
Could be REX or Eastern(Qantaslink) or Brindabella.