QantasLink has lodged an application with the New South Wales state government for the license to operate Sydney-Moree services.
QantasLink has been operating twice daily services to the city on an interim basis since late last year after the previous license holder, Brindabella Airlines, fell into receivership.
It has interim authorisation to continue the flights up to 21 March, but securing the license that would allow it to fly to Moree for at least a further five years.
QantasLink chief executive John Gissing says that community support for its services has been strong, although the decision to apply for the route “is a commercial one.”
As well as the Moree license Brindabella previously had exclusive license to operate flights from Sydney to Mudgee, Cobar and Narrabri.
Regional Express is considering whether its Air Link subsidiary will apply to operate services to Mudgee and Cobar, while Vincent Aviation has indicated that it will bid for the Narrabri route license.