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Retrenched Brindabella pilots offered new jobs with Rex Airlines

From abc.net.au, 26th December 2013

Regional Express Airlines has offered jobs to 14 pilots from the failed regional carrier Brindabella Airlines.

Brindabella went into receivership earlier this month with debts of millions of dollars.

About 135 staff were sacked on Monday, after attempts to sell the company as a going concern failed.

About a dozen staff will remain in Canberra to maintain the planes until the business is sold or wound up.

ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher issued an appeal on Monday for other airlines to consider employing Brindabella staff.

Now Rex Airlines has offered 14 pilots positions with the company.

They will be given places at the Rex ground school in February before being cleared to fly for the airline.

Rex Airlines has applied to fly Brindabella’s routes to Moree, Cobar and Mudgee.

The NSW Government is also calling for expressions of interest from all operators to run services permanently to Moree, Narrabri, Cobar, Cooma and Mudgee.

However, none of the other routes operated by Brindabella Airlines, including Coffs Harbour-Brisbane, are regulated by Transport for NSW.

Any operator with the appropriate CASA approvals may provide those services.

A relief air service has been announced by QantasLink for passengers travelling to and from Moree in northern NSW.

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