The unfolding Covid-19 crisis has forced Fly Corporate to suspend passenger services from Tamworth and Armidale to Queensland as state borders close, and passenger numbers plummet.
Armidale Mayor Simon Murray said it was important that Fly Corporate responds to reduced passenger numbers and the volatile economic climate to ensure they can emerge once the crisis is over.
“Airline passenger services are feeling the full force of the Covid-19 shutdown, and we completely understand the difficult position the airline is in,” he said.
“Health and safety of airline staff and the community are paramount at this time. I have every confidence that Fly Corporate will be back in Armidale, providing passenger services to Brisbane once the crisis is over.”
Cr Murray said council has strong working relationships with each of the passenger service providers that operate from Armidale Regional Airport.
“We will work closely with Fly Corporate and do everything we can to assist them to restore flights into Armidale as soon as possible,” he said.
“We are confident for the long term future viability of air services into our region and have no doubt flights will return to some normality in the future.”