Updated* One of the negative consequences of the NSW Government cancelling Brindabella’s exclusive licenses to serve tiny communities is that the receivers KordaMentha are left with even less to sell.
But they will no doubt continue to try to find buyers for the defunct regional carrier, since that is what they do, and usually do well.
Speaking to ABC Radio NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said she had instructed Transport for New South Wales to revoke exclusive air licences for regional passenger services to Cooma, Moree, Narrabri, Cobar (see above) and Mudgee.
NSW regulates all flights to communities with fewer than 5000 people.
An expression of interest process would now begin for those services.
Brindabella also flew services to Orange, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle and Tamworth, all towns served by multiple carriers.
Why anybody would want to buy an operation which had not only already p*ssed off its customers, and the safety regulator CASA, by respectively not turning up as scheduled and not performing maintenance checks as required remains to be seen.
There is nothing Brindabella offered that REX, Qantaslink or Virgin Australia couldn’t do if they wanted to, subject to having very small capacity turbo-props available that were not otherwise employed on more viable routes those those licensed exclusively to its operations.
This is a tough call for KordaMentha, and a bitter disappointment to its 140 employees. It might even be tougher, on a minuscule scale, to its prolonged but ultimately successful disposition of the assets of Ansett.
* On Monday 23 December the receivers retrenched most of the staff because there is very little left to sell. A sad day for those of us who knew and admired Brindabella before it all went south.