Airline summit called for the bush

The NSW Government has called a regional airline summit next month after the demise of rural flight operator Country Connections.

Rural Affairs Minister Harry Woods wants a complete overhaul of the landing rights system at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport to protect bush services.

Country Connections Airlines flew to Cootamundra, Young, Forbes and Cowra, services that will cease on May 20.

The airline's landing rights at Sydney Airport are now up for grabs and NSW transport Minster Carl Scully has called on his federal counterpart, John Anderson, to quarantine the airline's landing slots so proper expressions of interest can take place.

Meanwhile, Mr Woods has announced a bipartisan summit in July to address the regional slot concerns after pleas from the state National Party. Mr Anderson says Mr Woods' fears of declining rural slots are totally unfounded.

ABC News Online, 11/5/01