A REX flight arrives at Grafton airport.
A REX flight arrives at Grafton airport. Adam Hourigan

Decision puts cheaper air fares at risk

GRAFTON Regional Airport users may miss out on cheaper fares because Clarence Valley Council cannot afford to drop its $7 a passenger landing fee.

At Tuesday's meeting, the council voted against accepting a request from Rex Airlines to drop the landing fee as part of its Community Fare initiative that would provide passengers with access to $109 each way fares to and from Sydney.

The council operates the airport at an annual loss of about $300,000. The amount of landing fees collected in 2016/17 was $120,515.



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