Posted on: 30 March 2015 by Mark Howells
Regional Express (Rex) has begun operating its new weekday service between Cairns and Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) airport (Bamaga) and has announced plans to begin a direct service between Cairns and Mount Isa in May this year, an expansion which has prompted the airline to purchase MRO company AVIEX.“The NPA service launched today is the start of a commitment by the Rex Group to bring safe, reliable and affordable air services to remote and regional communities who depend upon sustainable regional air services,” commented Rex’s general manager of network strategy and sales, Warrick Lodge. “This is our way of recognising the significant trust placed in the company by the Queensland State Government through the recently awarded regulated routes.
“The Rex Board has set aside a considerable budget to fulfil this commitment and we will explore all viable propositions from any community that wants to work in partnership with Rex as was showcased today in our collaboration with the NPA council.
“Since Rex’s commencement of the regulated Gulf route on 1 January this year, we have been approached by businesses and individual travellers from Cairns wanting direct flights to Mount Isa. This critical air service link has been lost for over three months. Today I am pleased to announce that Rex will commence a direct Regular Public Transport service between Cairns and Mount Isa with effect from Monday 25 May 2015. This will allow business travellers from Cairns to spend a full day in Mount Isa before returning home late evening.
“Rex will initially base three aircraft in Cairns from 25 May and is prepared to increase the fleet as new opportunities arise in the new financial year. We invite the communities in the Cape region as well as elsewhere in North Queensland to contact us if they believe that they have a case for a viable air service.
“The expansion of Rex services from Cairns on the back of the regulated routes of North Queensland has resulted in Rex investing heavily in infrastructural support in far North Queensland. Rex will open a new crew base in Cairns and has also entered into an agreement to purchase the MRO company AVIEX from 1 July 2015. AVIEX is a significant engineering facility and has vast and versatile engineering capabilities to service and maintain the Saab 340, ATR 42/72, Bombardier Dash 8 series including Q400s, Metroliners, KingAir 200/350 and other aircraft types operated by Rex and other airlines,” Lodge concluded.