Rex Continues Far North Queensland Expansion

Published on : Tuesday, May 26, 2015

RexRegional Express (Rex) has announced today the introduction of 3 return flights each week day between Cairns and Townsville from 6 July 2015. Rex commenced weekend services between these cities on 3 January 2015 and from 6 July 2015 will increase the number of services from 2 to 34 flights per week.

Rex has today also inaugurated its direct service between Cairns and Mount Isa. The new
service provides a new direct link between Cairns and Mount Isa with 4 return flights each
week. (See attached timetables for both services).

Commenting on Rex’s decision to expand services between Cairns and Townsville, Rex
General Manager Network Strategy and Sales Warrick Lodge said, “Ever since Virgin
Australia exited the Cairns to Townsville route in January 2014, Rex has been heavily
solicited by businesses and individuals to start a competitive air service so that the
prevailing monopolistic pricing may be broken. In response, Rex undertook a market
sounding exercise to gauge business community support for Rex and the level of prevailing
dissatisfaction with the incumbent monopoly.”

“The stars finally aligned when Rex was recently awarded five regulated routes by the
Queensland State Government. This unprecedented vote of confidence by the State
Government convinced the Rex Board to reciprocate by dedicating significant resources to
expanding regional air services in rural and regional Queensland.”

“The expansion plans into Northern Queensland are both exciting and ambitious. Today’s
inauguration of the much needed direct service between Cairns and Mount Isa closely
follows our earlier launch of daily services to the Northern Peninsula Area (Bamaga) from 30
March 2015. Next will be the launch of the thrice-daily services between Cairns and
Townsville on 6 July 2015 after which Rex intends to provide other communities of far North
Queensland and the Torres Straits with an opportunity to work in partnership with us to
ensure that their communities may have a sustainable, reliable and safe air service with
affordable fares.”

“Rex’s significant investment in North Queensland will bring jobs and other important socioeconomic benefits to the region and will help in their economic development. Further, our Cairns to Townsville services are estimated to deliver about $4 million in fare savings per
year for the two communities in addition to providing better schedules more adapted to the
needs of the business traveller.”
Mr Lodge continued, “In a short 5 months, Rex has clearly demonstrated its commitment to
North Queensland and has brought significant benefits to the communities. I urge everyone
to give us a fair go so that the benefits are long lasting and more services can be introduced
over time.”


Source:- Rex

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