One of the less attractive things about living in a regional city like Dubbo is how expensive it is to get to and from it by air.
The office was abuzz this week as we tackled a growing stoush between Regional Express Airlines (Rex) and our council over the amount of money the council charges in "passenger tax".
The tax paid by airline operators applies to every passenger who arrives or departs from the airport.
The mayor called the airlines "greedy"; they accused him of "grandstanding" it was insults at ten paces.
Rex suggested the money being collected by the council is more than is required to run and maintain the Dubbo airport.
Now after the Daily Liberal reported Rex would offer cheaper airfares if the council opted to raise the passenger tax at Dubbo City Regional Airport only in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), we might get some downward action on airfares.
Mayor Ben Shields, always quick to recognise an opportunity, said "let's make a deal", but perhaps not that deal.
Cr Shields said he'd be willing to talk with Rex about a "mutually beneficial" deal with them on its community fare scheme.
Rex's offer of a $119 community fare between Dubbo and Sydney sounds pretty good to us. The community fare scheme holds 30 per cent of seats which must be booked more than 30 days out from departure. It also applies to unsold seats in the 24 hours before take-off.
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