Tamworth residents can now fly directly to Brisbane as one airline prepares to resume services after halting flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fly Corporate has entered into a grant agreement with the Federal Government to provide a minimum weekly schedule from May 4 to the regional ports it serviced prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the program was established to ensure secure and affordable access for passengers who need to travel and to support the movement of essential freight such as critical medicine and personal protective equipment. Fly Corporate CEO Andrew Major thanked the government for their assistance. “We are very pleased regional communities can retain these vital air links," he said. "This program provides critical connectivity at a key time for regional Australia and positions regional airlines to rebuild their scheduled services to pre-pandemic levels upon resolution of the current crisis. "We have undertaken a thorough review of our procedures to ensure that appropriate travel health measures are in place to ensure a safe, pleasant and comfortable journey for our passengers." Passengers to Brisbane will need to abide by QLD government border restrictions.