Although international travel may remain off the cards for a while longer, Australian airlines have been launching a surprising number of new domestic routes lately. Many of these new routes are on smaller regional airlines like FlyPelican, Link Airways or Alliance Airlines. The new routes launched in Australia over recent months have taken advantage of heightened demand for … [Read more...]
Rex & Regional Airlines
Regional Express Airlines, or Rex, is Australia's largest independent regional carrier. It operates flights to and from Australian country towns. Rex has a frequent flyer program for businesses called Rex Business Flyer.
Other Australian regional airlines include Airnorth, Alliance Airlines, Link Airways, FlyPelican and Sharp Airlines.
Airline monopolies are generally undesirable because carriers can exploit the lack of competition to raise prices and reduce service. But there are exceptions. On thin regional routes, state governments actually guarantee a monopoly to one airline through regulation. The New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australian governments all regulate marginal regional routes that … [Read more...]
Regional flying has a reputation for being expensive. But there are exceptions! FlyPelican, a regional airline based in Newcastle, offers an excellent yet poorly-advertised deal on last-minute flights. On selected FlyPelican routes, all remaining seats are made available for just $72 within 72 hours of departure. This includes flights to Mudgee, Taree, Newcastle and … [Read more...]
Alliance Airlines will launch scheduled flights to Canberra for the first time, with a new twice-weekly Canberra-Sunshine Coast service from 23 October 2020. The same aircraft, a Fokker 100 with 100 Economy class seats, will continue from the Sunshine Coast to Cairns. Passengers can travel from Canberra to Cairns on a single flight number without changing planes. Launch … [Read more...]
It looks like Regional Express Airlines (Rex) is serious about leasing Boeing 737s and flying major capital city routes from March 2021. But will Rex be able to woo frequent flyers, and is there really enough room for a third player in the domestic market? Rex's plan to launch capital city flights In May 2020, Rex announced an ambitious proposal to acquire new jet aircraft … [Read more...]