A gaggle of eight regional airways have desperately written to the deputy prime minister, warning him they’ve simply days left earlier than they collapse.
The group, which incorporates Airlink Airways, Aviair, Alliance Airways, Chartair, Fly Company, Fly Pelican, Hardy Aviation and Sharp Airways mentioned the federal government’s latest $715 million aviation rescue package deal was largely aimed toward large enterprise and did little to save lots of smaller carriers.
“The monetary survival of our firms might be counted in days fairly than weeks,” Marty Hawley, CEO of FlyPelican, wrote.
“The persevering with existence of jobs for the various 1000’s of staff engaged straight or not directly by our firms are actually in jeopardy.
“Given the urgency of the scenario we name upon authorities to supply our firms a lifeline.”
The nation’s main regional provider REX has additionally knowledgeable the federal government that they’re buying and selling on skinny margins, having been decreased to working flights inside Queensland the place they’re underwritten by the state authorities.
Mr Hawley mentioned whereas the help package deal was welcomed, it was largely useful for greater carriers comparable to Virgin Australia and Qantas.
“Not like the main carriers our firms are typically privately or family-owned. The present funding disaster dealing with our firms outcomes not from mismanagement however as a direct results of authorities coverage to limit journey,” Mr Hawley mentioned.
“The precedence to save lots of lives is essential however so too is the safety of companies and the economic system typically.”
The regional airways famous that conducting outback flights with low passenger numbers was a enterprise the place “the dangers are excessive and the margins small”.
“It’s price remembering that it’s the smaller to mid-size firms that supply a lot wanted air providers to regional communities all through Australia, servicing routes unattractive to the main airways,” Mr Hawley mentioned.
FlyPelican is Newcastle’s native airline which largely operates out of Newcastle Airport. Its property embrace a fleet of British Aerospace Jetstream 32 plane.
Previous to the outbreak of COVID-19, FlyPelican operated as much as 120 scheduled flights per week.