QantasLink supporters to voice concern

Concerned members of the local community have arranged a public meeting to be held this Thursday, between 5pm and 6pm to publically demonstrate their concerns over the awarding of the Moree air service to Brindabella over QantasLink. 

The meeting will be held at 5 Frome Street, and meeting organiser Hollie Hughes said it was an opportunity for the community to show their support for QantasLink. 

"We would like to see as many people as possible come on Thursday evening to show their support for QantasLink and to encourage Qantas to appeal the decision," Mrs Hughes said. "There are many people in the community concerned that the quality of air service between Moree and Sydney will be significantly diminished and this is an opportunity to say to all involved that this is not good enough.”

The issues concerning Moree locals include the 11kg difference in luggage allowance, the use of smaller aircraft and the loss of Frequent Flyer and Qantas Club benefits. 

There is also concern about reliability, with Brindabella airlines not having excess aircraft should there be a problem with a plane. 

"The Moree airport is utilised by communities reaching to the far west of NSW and then into south west Queensland, and these communities need reliability," she said. 

Mrs Hughes has invited senior Qantas staff to attend, so that the community can discuss with them directly their concerns and show their support. 

"There is very limited time for us to try and effect a reversal of this decision and we hope all the Moree district will get behind this meeting." 

"The community was not consulted at all about this process and if they had been, I am confident the message would have been to retain QantasLink," Mrs Hughes said.