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Thursday 8 June 2023

Rex move could see lower airfares between Melbourne and Hobart

Good news for anyone flying between Melbourne and Hobart with lower fares on the way. 

On a recent trip my return ticket cost an absurd $950 plus. 

Now Hobart is poised to enjoy much cheaper airfares and will become Rex’s fourth Tasmanian destination. 

The airline has announced daily flights between Melbourne and Hobart will begin on August 17. 

Rex already operates regular flights to the north-west Tasmanian cities of Burnie and Devonport while also flying to King Island. 

The airline’s deputy chairman, John Sharp AM, unveiled details of the new route in Hobart where he was joined by the Premier and Minister for Tourism, Jeremy Rockliff; the CEO of Hobart Airport, Norris Carter and Sarah Clark, CEO of Tourism Tasmania. 

The flight schedule is being billed as "perfect for holidaymakers" with the flights from Melbourne departing at 12.15 pm and arriving in Hobart at 1.30 pm. 

The return Hobart-Melbourne service will take off at 2.15 pm and touch down in Melbourne 75 minutes later. 

Fares will start from $79 one way including a baggage allowance and a snack on board. 

Rex says this is less than half the cost of the cheapest Qantas fare at $180. 

“Hobart is one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations which we are delighted to add to our network,” Sharp said. “Our long-standing commitment to Tasmania spans more than 40 years through our regional airline services. 

"For too long, Hobart has had to endure sky-high airfares because of capacity constraints and price gouging by our competitors.

 “Our new service will provide passengers with affordable fares delivered with Rex’s trademark country hospitality and reliability.” 

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