Council and Rex have agreed to a proposal offering new cheaper "Community Fares" on direct flights between Broken Hill and Sydney.
The move follows ongoing discussions between Council and Rex over the costs associated with servicing the route.
In November 2016 Rex informed Council that the direct flight was losing $9,000 per trip, with an average of only 12 passengers using the service.
Rex subsequently announced a $500 base fare on the direct flights to try and offset some of those losses.
Council met with Rex following the announcement and held positive discussions, with the idea of cheaper standby flights floated.
This month Rex informed Council that it would soon proceed with a plan to introduce the standby flights as Community Fares.
Under the plan, Rex will sell any unsold seats within 24 hours of departure on the Broken Hill-Sydney direct route for $199 each way on weekdays.
In exchange, Council will waive the head tax on any seats sold in this manner.
The proposal was supported by Councillors at tonight’s Ordinary Monthly Meeting.
Council's General Manager, James Roncon, said he believed the plan would be mutually beneficial.
"Overall I think it's a great result for both Broken Hill and Rex," he said.
"It provides a new low-cost option for people wishing to travel between Broken Hill and Sydney, while offering potential new customers for Rex on a flight that has been under-utilised to date.
"And there's really no cost to Council by waiving the head tax on Community Fares as, realistically, those seats would have gone unsold anyway without this plan coming into effect.
"Hopefully the venture proves to be a success and the Community Fares provide a boost along that direct Broken Hill to Sydney route."
Mr Roncon said Council would now inform Rex of Councillors' support for the plan, and discuss a commencement date for the Community fares.