30/06/2020 - 15:41

Rex ups regional flights

30/06/2020 - 15:41

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Regional Express has doubled its flights from Perth to Albany and Esperance, under an agreement with the state government.

Rex ups regional flights
Rex will now fly to Albany and Esperance eight times a week.

Regional Express has doubled its flights from Perth to Albany and Esperance, under an agreement with the state government. 

Rex has increased its flights to Albany and Esperance from four to eight per week and will now fly to Carnarvon five times per week, instead of three.

Remaining community airfares can also be purchased at community fare prices seven days prior to departure, instead of 24 hours.

It will cost $139 to fly one-way to Albany from Perth, $138 to Esperance, $158 to Monkey Mia and $199 to Esperance.

The state government worked with the Commonwealth to underwrite up to four weekly services on the Albany and Esperance routes, and three weekly return services on the Carnarvon and Monkey Mia routes.

A new deed signed between the state government and Rex means these flights will be funded until September 30.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the additional flights would play an important part in the recovery of the business and tourism sectors.

“I encourage those thinking about getting away for the school holidays or looking to book a getaway to head to one of these great destinations,” Mr Papalia said.

“These community fares present a great opportunity to Wander out Yonder in our great state.”

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the state government had been working with the Commonwealth, airlines and local government to ensure a minimum number of services reach each destination across regional WA.

“Today’s announcement of additional Rex flights to Albany, Esperance and Carnarvon, as well as increasing the availability of community airfares, is great news for regional WA,” Ms Saffioti said.

“We are currently in negotiations with the other airlines about what further support can be given to secure competitive airfare deals, and capacity across Western Australia for residents and tourists.”

Yesterday, Rex announced its board had approved plans to raise at least $30 million to launch services to compete against Qantas and Virgin Australia.

Shares in Rex closed 8 per cent higher at $1.18 each.

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