Posted on: 25 September 2014 by Ross McSweeny
From 27 October, marginal Regional Express (Rex) flights between Sydney and New South Wales, including routes to Taree, Grafton, Lismore and Newcastle, will be significantly reduced in capacity as the airline undergoes the most wide-ranging network review in its history.
Rex gained approval from the Board to maintain service on all routes, but to improve operating efficiencies some routes are being linked to another port.
"This network review is the second phase of our overall strategy to improve profitability. Earlier the Board announced, for the first time in our history, redundancies affecting various positions across the Rex Group. This will again be reviewed at the next Board meeting at the end of November," explained Neville Howell, COO of Rex.
“The review was triggered by 2 consecutive years of steep profit declines which saw the airline's profits plummeting by 75% during this period,” continued Howell.
However, the network changes will introduce a daily service between Sydney and Broken Hill, with whom the airline entered into a partnership in July.
Howell added, “Rex will be providing the community with a direct early morning flight to Sydney and a direct evening return from Sydney in order to facilitate same day return travel from Broken Hill to Sydney. Currently all services to/from Sydney are via either Dubbo or Mildura.”