Qantaslink Q400, to the Brindabella rescue: Wiki Commons photo by Bidgee

Sunday update:

Receivers have been appointed, the airline has been closed down indefinitely, and it is up for sale. A new story will be filed shortly

Qantas has stepped up to assist stranded Brindabella ticket holders with special fares, and is assessing options including flights to towns that were exclusive to the Canberra based carrier.

Brindabella customers in Mudgee and Cobar who currently hold a valid Brindabella ticket will be eligible to receive discounted relief fares from the closest QantasLink port, Dubbo.

Brindabella customers in Narrabri and Moree who currently hold a valid Brindabella ticket will be eligible to receive discounted relief fares from the closest QantasLink port, Armidale and/or Tamworth.

Brindabella customers in Brisbane and Tamworth who currently hold a valid Brindabella ticket will be eligible to receive discounted relief fares via Sydney.

In each case the dislocated Brindabella ticketed flyers should call the Qantas reservations number on 13 13 13.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the airline is looking at a range of options to help impacted Brindabella customers.

“It’s unfortunate that Brindabella has suspended its operations, however as the national carrier we stand ready to assist the community,” he said.

“We are looking at a range of options to help the impacted communities in addition to special fares, including putting on relief flights outside our network on routes serviced by Brindabella.

“Access to air transport is extremely important to regional towns, especially for medical and business purposes.”

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