Posted on: 26 February 2015 by Mark Howells
Regional Express (Rex) and the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC) report that they have developed a beneficial working arrangement that will see Rex launch a new Regular Public Transport (RPT) air service between NPA airport (Bamaga) and Cairns, with the new service to begin on 30 March, subject to regulatory approval.
Cairns-based Rex Queensland State manager Steve Jones commented, "Rex announced on 14 January this year that it was prepared to fill the void left by the collapse of Skytrans and invited interested Cape communities to express their interests. [This] announcement sees Rex providing the Northern Peninsula Area with certainty of a reliable world-class regional air service many years into the future.
“The Rex Board has moved very quickly to approve the commencement of services between Bamaga airport and Cairns due to NPARC’s willingness to forge a mutually beneficial partnership with Rex to ensure the sustainability of a safe, reliable and reasonably priced air service for the region,” Jones noted. “Subsequently, Rex took delivery of an aircraft at the end of January to prepare for services commencing late March.
"The Rex Board is open to exploring similar air services with other like-minded councils in the Cape Peninsula," he added.