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Mayor fights for Rex to stay

AFTER some months of mixed messages the news on the future of Rex Airlines services into Grafton has finally come through and it's a thumbs up for the Valley.

Rex General Manager for Network Strategy and Sales, Warrick Lodge, said yesterday that as far as the Clarence Valley was concerned it was business as usual for the time being for his airline's services into Grafton.

He said Rex Board had backed Grafton despite the route still remaining unprofitable and a small downturn in passenger numbers in recent months

“We have been carefully looking at our entire network in the present tough economic climate and this obviously has included a review of our Grafton route,” Mr. Lodge said.

“The Clarence Valley Council and in particular Mayor Williamson have maintained their strong support for our service and we have recognised this by continuing with the services after the last quarterly review in February.

“The route will be next reviewed by the Rex Board in May as part of our regular route review process.”

Mayor Williamson said the future of the service was firmly in the hands of local commuters.

“You can't expect any airline to run a service into any centre unless it's profitable for them,” he said.

“I encourage everyone to fly with Rex rather than drive up to Ballina or Coffs Harbour. If we lose Rex it will be a body blow for the district which we simply cannot afford at this time.”

“If we lose Rex it will be a body blow for the district ”



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