Posted on: 28 February 2016 by Mark Howells
Regional Express (Rex) has begun services in Western Australia (WA) for the first time, a move which follows the WA Government’s selection on 9 December 2015 of Rex as the operator of two routes in its review of regulated Regular Public Transport (RPT) air services in the state.
The two routes are Perth–Esperance (18 weekly return flights) and Perth–Albany (23 weekly return flights). The contract gives Rex the sole right to operate these routes for the next five years.
Rex’s general manager for network strategy & sales Warrick Lodge commented, “Rex is honoured to have been selected by the WA State Government to provide essential regional air services between Perth and the communities of Albany and Esperance.
“As these are Rex’s first operations in WA, the Rex team has worked tirelessly over the past three months to set up a new Rex base in Perth. Three aircraft have already been deployed to Perth, and a dedicated Perth crew and maintenance base has been established,” Lodge continued.
“The new Rex services connecting Albany and Esperance to Perth will significantly enhance the connectivity of these two communities. In addition to having an extra return service every weekday, local residents can now be in Perth in time for a 09:00 appointment and be back in Albany or Esperance after a full business day in Perth, thereby avoiding the need to incur accommodation and other associated costs in Perth,” Lodge concluded.