Regional Express (Rex) will now continue flying to Bathurst, Cooma, Grafton, Lismore and Kangaroo Island until the end of September, rather than terminating these flights at the end of March as previously planned.
The move comes in response to the “unexpected” extension of the Australian Government’s Regional Aviation Network Support (RANS) program, which had been helping to cover operating costs on these flights.
Rex’s Kangaroo Island route runs from Adelaide, while its services to Bathurst, Cooma, Grafton and Lismore depart from Sydney.
Fares on these flights for travel from April through September will open for sale this evening.
In other news, Rex’s plans to launch routes from Sydney to Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie will go ahead from April 1 as intended.
“Rex is pleased that these cities will finally have access to safe and reliable air services at affordable fares,” the company says, although both Sydney-Coffs Harbour and Sydney-Port Macquarie are routes also served by other airlines.
Both Virgin Australia and QantasLink offer regular flights between Sydney and Coffs Harbour – with QantasLink also launching Coffs Harbour flights from Melbourne and Brisbane from April 1 – while Sydney-Port Macquarie is also on QantasLink’s route map.
Rex is also gearing up for the launch of Melbourne-Gold Coast flights on March 29, Melbourne-Adelaide services on March 31, and Sydney-Gold Coast flights on April 1, using its two-class Boeing 737-800 jets.