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New Routes of the Day – Asia Pacific (28 June 2024): Rex Airlines’ new routes from Perth


Rex Airlines commenced flights from Perth to Melbourne and Adelaide on Friday 28 June marking its first interstate service out of Western Australia.

The 2,705-kilometre route between Perth and the Victorian capital will operate 5-weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays using a 737-800 aircraft. It will compete against 21-weekly Jetstar flights, 54-weekly Qantas rotations and 50-weekly Virgin Australia flights.

The slightly shorter 2,120-kilometre service between Perth and the South Australian capital will run 3-weekly, on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays with the 97-seat E190 aircraft, operated its by its subsidiary National Jet Express. Rex Airlines faces stiff competition between the city pair with the route contested on a daily basis by Jetstar, 21-weekly by Qantas, and 17-weekly by Virgin Australia.

What they said

Warrick Lodge, General Manager of Network Strategy at Rex Airlines, said: “When more airlines compete on a particular route, consumers benefit and our record in the domestic markets speaks for itself – Rex delivers terrific value for money. Rex consistently outshines its domestic rivals in on-time performance and cancellation rates, and when travellers are booking a route of this distance and duration, reliability is paramount.”

Lorie Argus, CEO of Melbourne Airport, noted: “Having a third airline group flying between Perth and Melbourne will increase competition and allow more people to reconnect with family and friends or explore Victoria’s fantastic tourism offering.”

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Brenton Cox, Managing Director at Adelaide Airport, added: “Rex has been a wonderful supporter of the Adelaide market, including regional links, for many years, and the launch of this service builds on the introduction of services from Adelaide to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane over the past three years.”

Rex Airlines grows operations out of Western Australia

The new Melbourne and Adelaide service marks Rex Airlines’ first interstate routes from Perth, with the carrier already operating regional flights within Western Australia using its Saab 340 fleet, as well as Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) services through National Jet Express.

Up until now, Rex Airlines has operated four regional services within Western Australia, including Albany, Carnarvon, Esperance, and Monkey Mia.

With the addition of two state capitals to its Perth network, the airline now maintains 132-weekly flights from the city, offering a total of 6,444 weekly departing seats.

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of nine 737-800s and 57 Saab 340s to 56 destinations throughout all states in Australia. Rex is also a 50% shareholder of National Jet Express.

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