Regional Express Drops 5 Routes, Announces New Destinations

After Dropping Five Regional Routes, Regional Express Expands to New Horizons

Rex to operate two new routes after Qantas Expands network

Regional Express has added two new routes to its network after recently dropping five destinations due to, what it describes as, “predatory behaviour” by its major competator, Qantas. The two airlines have been ‘fighting’ for a while now, recently attracting the attention of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

What’s been lost?

In total, five destinations have been lost from REX’s network; four from Sydney and one from Adelaide. These destinations include Bathurst, Cooma, Grafton, Lismore and Kangaroo Island. these routes face the chop due to low load factors, and financial pressure being put on REX by its competitors.

Where to now?

Regional Express has quietly added two new destinations to its network. These include Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. Each airport will receive a thrice daily service from Sydney begining on March 28, 2021. If passenger demand exceeds REX’s expectations, an extra flight could be added on each route. It’s worth mentioning that flights to other regional centres, such as Tamworth, and Geraldton, WA are also on the drawing board.

Regional Express has mentioned that the move into Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour is because of Virgin Australia’s ‘retreat’ from the airports, leaving Qantas as the dominant (or, in the case of Port Macquarie, sole) carrier. It also outlines Qantas’ expansion into Coffs Harbour as another reason for its move.

Both Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie airport’s are welcoming REX with open arms as more competition enters their markets. The flights to both airports are currently bookable at a very competitive price of $119(AUD).

Thanks for reading through! What are your thoughts on REX’s move out of an into other markets?


Another great post Adam!

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