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Australia Eight Australian regional airlines have 'days' left to survive

03:43  27 march  2020
03:43  27 march  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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A group of eight regional airlines have desperately written to the deputy prime minister, warning him they have just days left before they collapse.

The group, which includes Airlink Airlines, Aviair, Alliance Airlines, Chartair, Fly Corporate, FlyPelican, Hardy Aviation and Sharp Airlines said the government's recent $715 million aviation rescue package was largely aimed at big business and did little to save smaller carriers.

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"The financial survival of our companies can be counted in days rather than weeks," Marty Hawley, CEO of FlyPelican, wrote.

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"The continuing existence of jobs for the many thousands of employees engaged directly or indirectly by our companies are now in jeopardy.

"Given the urgency of the situation we call upon government to offer our companies a lifeline."

The country's major regional carrier REX has also informed the government that they are trading on thin margins, having been reduced to operating flights within Queensland where they are underwritten by the state government.

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"Unlike the major carriers our companies are generally privately or family-owned. The current funding crisis facing our companies results not from mismanagement but as a direct result of government policy to restrict travel," Mr Hawley said.

"The priority to save lives is important but so too is the protection of businesses and the economy generally."

The regional airlines noted that conducting outback flights with low passenger numbers was a business where "the risks are high and the margins small".

"It is worth remembering that it is the smaller to mid-size companies that offer much needed air services to regional communities throughout Australia, servicing routes unattractive to the major airlines," Mr Hawley said.

FlyPelican is Newcastle's local airline which largely operates out of Newcastle Airport. Its assets include a fleet of British Aerospace Jetstream 32 aircraft.

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, FlyPelican operated up to 120 scheduled flights per week.

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