The collapse of regional carrier Brindabella Airlines has had a big impact on many Coffs Coast passengers.
The collapse of regional carrier Brindabella Airlines has had a big impact on many Coffs Coast passengers. Trevor Veale

Airline dives in peak season, stranding fares

IT ONLY operates one daily return service out of Coffs Harbour but the collapse of regional carrier Brindabella Airlines has had a big impact on many locals.

When Brindabella went into receivership on the weekend with millions of dollars of debts, all flights were suspended.

Emerald Beach woman Jasmine Van Haren heard the news while wrapping Christmas presents and doing a Christmas budget.

Her son was taking her to the Sunshine Coast to see her daughter Bianca for Christmas, who had paid $210 to fly her back from Brisbane on Boxing Day.

"I called Qantas straight away, but the cheapest one way flight they could offer was $500 Brisbane to Coffs Harbour via Sydney," Bianca said.

"That's too much so my husband booked mum on a bus. It cost $80 but will take seven hours.

Bianca had paid for the fare via Mastercard and has now lodged a dispute claim with her bank.

"I feel for the staff who have lost jobs just before Christmas.

"I am grateful that I was able to work it out, but for some travellers the Brindabella collapse will be disastrous."