Published on : Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Under a 12 month trial approved by the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), Regional Express (Rex) will operate one return Gulf route flight via Karumba with effect from Tuesday 31 October 2017. This follows an earlier three month Government approved trial that operated between April and June this year.
This has been driven by community support that has been growing for the inclusion of Karumba on the route. The 12 month trial period will allow for a better assessment of Karumba’s passenger demand, taking into account seasonal fluctuations. This will be followed by a financial assessment by DTMR to determine if servicing Karumba can be a permanent inclusion on the Gulf route.
The Gulf route is operated by Rex under contract with QLD DTMR. The Gulf route operates in both directions between Cairns and Mount Isa, servicing the remote communities of Normanton, Mornington Island, Burketown and Doomadgee.
Under the 12 month trail, the Tuesday westbound service ex Cairns and the Thursday eastbound service from Mount Isa will make an additional stop at Karumba. The flight schedule is available in the attached Annex and on the Rex website as follows;
Reservations can be made via www.rex.com.au, by phoning 13 17 13 or through your local travel agent. Passengers with existing bookings to/from Normanton that would like to change to Karumba can be transferred free of charge by phoning 13 17 13.
Regional Express (Rex) is Australia’s largest independent regional airline operating a fleet of more than 50 Saab 340 aircraft on some 1,500 weekly flights to 60 destinations throughout all states in Australia. In addition to the regional airline Regional Express, the Rex Group comprises wholly owned subsidiaries Pel-Air Aviation (air freight and charter operator), Air Link (Dubbo-based regional airline) and the Australian Airline Pilot Academy.