Regional Express (Rex) is increasing flight services on some existing regional routes and resuming its Melbourne-Devonport service, after a long hiatus, using aircraft capacity freed up by its recent network consolidation.

Rex says in a statement 11 cities will see an increase in weekday return services starting 4 July.


Increase in weekday services
Sydney – Albury 25%
Sydney – Broken Hill 50%
Sydney – Coffs Harbour 67%
Sydney – Dubbo 25%
Sydney – Orange 33%
Sydney – Griffith 33%
Sydney – Merimbula/Moruya 15%
Sydney – Port Macquarie 33%
Sydney – Wagga Wagga 67%
Melbourne – Mildura 33%
Adelaide – Port Lincoln

14%* on Fridays
*Rex operates up to 7 return flights per weekday; with Friday now increased to 8. Additional frequency under review.

Source: Rex

While Rex is increasing frequency on these routes, it has just announced it is exiting the Sydney-Cooma route on 27 June.

Warrick Lodge, Rex general manager of network strategy, says Sydney-Cooma only had 2,000 passengers in the last 12 months.

Despite this, QantasLink sees fit to enter this market, he says.

Smart Aviation Asia Pacific previously reported that Rex has been reviewing its existing routes.

Rex last month announced it was exiting several routes in response to increased competition from QantasLink and other carriers.

But Rex says its service between Melbourne and Devonport will resume in August following a 17-year hiatus using the Saab 340 aircraft.

Rex says more details will be released in the coming weeks, with tickets going on sale before the end of the month.

It says it is deploying resources freed up by its withdrawal from the Melbourne – Albury route in May.

Currently QantasLink operates four daily flights between Melbourne and Devonport using De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Dash 8-300s.


Photo Source: Western Advocate

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