Posted on: 25 May 2015 by Ross McSweeny
After commencing a weekend service between between Cairns and Townsville on 3 January, Regional Express (Rex) intends to increase the number of flights between the two destinations from 2 to 34 per week by operating three return flights between Monday and Friday from 6 July.
Rex’s general manager of network strategy and sales, Warrick Lodge, explained, “Ever since Virgin Australia exited the Cairns to Townsville route in January 2014, Rex has been heavily solicited by businesses and individuals to start a competitive air service so that the prevailing monopolistic pricing may be broken.
“The stars finally aligned when Rex was recently awarded five regulated routes by the Queensland State Government. This unprecedented vote of confidence by the State Government convinced the Rex Board to reciprocate by dedicating significant resources to expanding regional air services in rural and regional Queensland,” Lodge added.
Rex has also inaugurated a direct service between Cairns and Mount Isa with 4 return flights each week.
“Rex's significant investment in North Queensland will bring jobs and other important socioeconomic benefits to the region and will help in their economic development,” continued Lodge. “Further, our Cairns to Townsville services are estimated to deliver about A$4 million in fare savings per year for the two communities in addition to providing better schedules more adapted to the needs of the business traveller.”