Regional airline Rex will add another route to its growing intercity network with double-daily services between Melbourne and Canberra taking off from June 10.
And unlike the Sydney-Canberra flights on Rex's Saab turboprops, the Melbourne-Canberra run will be made on a Boeing 737 with both business and economy class seating.
Rex is also aiming to sting incumbents Qantas and Virgin Australia with launch fares of $69 for a one-way economy fare, which the carrier says is "$123 cheaper than the lowest airfare available in May, according to official Federal Government statistics."
"We are sure that both Qantas and Virgin Australia will immediately match our fares as they have done every time," predicts Rex Deputy Chairman John Sharp, who described Qantas' pricing on the route as "price gouging, ripping off passengers with sky-high fares on a route with only a weak competitor to keep it honest."
At the time of publication, Qantas' entry-level Melbourne-Canberra fares on June 10 stood at $218, with Virgin starting from $185; Virgin later slashed its fares from June 10 to match Rex's $69 offer, while Qantas dropped back to $99.
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Rex launched Sydney-Canberra flights just four weeks ago, with seven return flights on its workhorse 33-seat all-economy Saab 340B turboprops, although the airline has scope to swap in the larger Boeing 737 jets – with eight seats in business class and 168 in economy – during the morning and afternoon peak hours based on demand.
Canberra's former international departures lounge has been adapted as a Rex lounge with its own bar and café dining area, and made available to every passenger.
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