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Monday 27 May 2024

Rex expands its domestic coverage; slams Virgin tardiness

Rex Airlines has announced new routes that will boost its coverage across major Australian airports.

Rex launched flights between Perth and Melbourne last week and today unveiled three flight per week between Perth and Adelaide using an an Embraer E-190 operated by its subsidiary National Jet Express, offering one-way fares from $249 in economy.

It is the 12th intercity route launched by Rex, which has previously focused on regional destinations.

NJE Director Anthony Gibara said flights on the new route are on sale now for travel from June 28 onwards.

"This is terrific news for Perth and Adelaide travellers because more operators means more competition but in the case of Rex, it also means better service and reliability,” Gibara said.

“There were almost 85 cancelled flights by Virgin and Qantas carriers on this route in the first four months of 2024 and in the case of Virgin, its on-time arrivals and departures were terrible.

“Just 56% of its flights arrived on time during that period, while its on time departures were only slightly better at 59%. Travellers deserve better and they will get it with Rex.

The Rex Group now flies to major capital cities and popular destinations including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and the Gold Coast.

South Australia Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said the new Rex service will help entice more visitors to South Australia from what is the state’s fourth-largest interstate market.

“It is very welcome news that Rex will start flying Perth to Adelaide, adding more flights into our state and offering another option for visitors from WA to see South Australia,” Bettison said.

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