PASSENGER flights from Melbourne are still landing in Albury, despite the NSW government indicating last week all such services to the state from Victoria would be limited to Sydney airport.
Regional Express is maintaining its scheduled services involving flights from the Victorian capital touching down in Albury before continuing to Wagga airport.
The airline stated it was complying with NSW government orders and"will continue to operate its scheduled services between Melbourne and Albury-Wagga Wagga, and apply the latest government directives, which may change by the hour".
Rex declared it was up to passengers to ensure they met permit rules.
"Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have obtained all necessary permits applicable to their intended point of disembarkation," it stated.
"Rex accepts no responsibility for denied boarding or travel expenses incurred by passengers, specific to rejection of entry into states and regional areas."
A spokeswoman for NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard told The Border Mail last week, after Premier Gladys Berejiklian flagged the Sydney airport focus, that would mean no flights from Melbourne to Albury.
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However, The Border Mail was told on Tuesday regional flights were continuing to keep routes open.
Those travelling need to produce permit details when they arrive and are met by police and health officials.
Police say they are liaising with airlines flying from Victoria to regional airports to ensure only cargo and passengers with valid permits or exemptions are aboard.
"Following a NSW police force request, a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was issued on Friday, which prohibits passengers from Victoria without a valid permit or exemption from landing at any regional NSW airport," a police spokesperson said.
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"The NSWPF has an operational plan in place to ensure this direction is followed, which includes deploying to regional airports, with the appropriate resources, to meet flights where necessary."
Bega Valley Council, the owner of Merimbula airport which has flights from Melbourne, raised the issue during a forum with NSW Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock on Monday.
Its mayor Sharon Tapscott said she had been told all Rex crew were staying on board planes when they landed.
Albury mayor Kevin Mack said his council, which owns the city's airport, was liaising with authorities about the latest measures.
"Council has had no direct communication with the NSW government about Rex flights from Melbourne but we continue to work with the NSW Department of Health and NSW police to ensure compliance with the most recent public health order," Cr Mack said.