Following last year’s Council resolution to support continued regulation of the Roma-Brisbane air service route, Maranoa Mayor Robert Loughnan is pleased with the state’s decision to award the tender for the route to QantasLink.

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“Roma may arguably be the busiest regional airport in the country at the moment; however if this were to change, having a regulated route ensures the reliability and consistency of the service into the future,” Cr Loughnan said. “I congratulate QantasLink on winning the regulated air service route and the Department of Transport and Main Roads for successfully finalising the process. I also thank our local member Howard Hobbs for his advocacy on this issue.”

The outcome means ‘business as usual’ for the Roma Airport operations and ensures the reliability of the important Roma – Charleville leg of the route. “Council certainly believes this part of the route may have suffered if exposed to the competition that would come with deregulation. Alternative, non-regulated flights will provide greater competition than straight deregulation might have. With Jetgo commencing its direct passenger flights from Roma – Sydney next month, there will definitely be an element of diversity seen in the passenger market.”

via Maranoa Regional Council