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The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR
Leader of the Opposition
Federal Member of Warringah


Regional Express is one of the many successful Australian companies that grew from humble beginnings through the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of its employees.

The company has a distinguished record servicing regional communities that rely on aviation for the services people in large cities take for granted. I know first hand how much regional communities like Lismore, Griffith, Mount Isa and Taree value direct flights to and from major cities. At a time when regional aviation services are under pressure, the services of Regional Express are even more important and valued.

Regional Express has managed to be profitable and also a positive contributor to the community. In any sector this is a worthwhile achievement, but Regional Express has done so in a turbulent and volatile industry with ever greater competitive pressures.

This is an achievement that Regional Express and all its staff should be proud of.

On behalf of the Coalition, I congratulate Regional Express on its tenth anniversary and wish the business, its employees and the communities that use its services many more years of success.