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Merimbula takes off: More services for air route

Merimbula and Moruya are ready for take-off, with air routes set to offer better services and more choice for local customers.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and Member for Bega Andrew Constance announced today that the NSW Government will deregulate the Merimbula and Moruya to Sydney air routes, making it easier for airlines to offer services in Eurobodalla and Bega Valley shires.

Mr Constance said the increased competition will make life easier for all those who live, visit and do business in the region.

“I am determined to give regions the fair access to essential services they have been crying out for. Greater choice and more air services will have important flow-on benefits to health, education and employment for everyone who lives here,” Mr Constance said.

”By pursuing deregulation, the NSW Government is doing what it can to increase competition, reduce barriers for new entrants to the market and reduce costs to passengers. 

“Keeping a route regulated does not guarantee it will remain in place, all it does is add unnecessary red tape for regional operators.

“We are doing everything we can to boost access to the regions, and it is about time Canberra came to the table. It’s time to add five more regional slots at Sydney Airport.”

Mr Constance has called on the Federal Government to add the extra five slots, and keep them for the exclusive use of regional routes.

“Regional NSW should not have to cop the loss of 10 per cent of slots since 2001. I want to see our colleagues in Canberra working as hard as the NSW government to make it easier to land and launch more planes to the regions.

“In 2015, we deregulated four routes, from Sydney to Cooma, Narrabri, Mudgee and Cobar. Since then, new services have started on three of these routes, supporting regional communities’ air access to Sydney.

“This year, starting with Moruya and Merimbula, we will embark on a program to consider deregulation of nine more intrastate routes around NSW.”

The government has engaged local councils and airlines on the benefits of deregulating routes connecting Sydney with Bathurst, Broken Hill, Grafton, Moree, Narrandera, Parkes and Taree. Feedback on the proposed deregulation can be provided by 28 February 2017 via your local council.

Last updated: 16 January 2017

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