Rex picks up more Queensland regulated air routes

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Rex wins at the expense of Skytrans and also plans new Toowoomba airport use.

Regional Express (Rex) has emerged as a big winner from the Queensland government’s latest tender of regulated regional air routes.
Rex has won three new regulated air service contracts, meaning it will operate five regulated routes from January 1 2015, Queensland Transport and Main Roads minister Scott Emerson said on Wednesday.
The airline won the three new routes from regional carrier Skytrans, which will be left with no regulated air service routes when the new contracts commence on January 1 2015.
Rex retained the contract for the Townsville-Winton-Longreach route and the Townsville-Hughenden-Richmond-Julia Creek-Mount Isa route.
It picked up Brisbane-Toowoomba-St George-Cunnamulla-Thargomindah, the Brisbane-Toowoomba-Charleville-Quilpie-Windorah-Birdsville-Bedourie-Boulia-Mount Isa route as well as the Cairns-Normanton-Mornington Island-Burketown-Doomadgee-Mount Isa routes. The three routes are currently being operated by Skytrans.
Rex will service Toowoomba with flights to Australia’s newest airport, Brisbane West Wellcamp, making it the second passenger airline to commit flights to the privately funded and built facility.
QantasLink begins Sydney-Wellcamp services on November 17.
The new routes increase Rex’s route network to 52 destinations, from 36 previously, Rex said in a statement on Wednesday.
Rex general manager of network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge said the airline had almost doubled passenger numbers on its regulated routes since it won the two contracts in February 2010.
Lodge said the airline was keen to hire staff from Skytrans.
“We are also mindful of the potential loss of employment for many staff and agents of the incumbent and we are committed to hiring/keeping as many of the staff and agents as we can,” Lodge said in a statement.
“We will be visiting all 16 new ports during the next two weeks where we will be hoping to have discussions with all affected parties.”
Meanwhile, QantasLink retained two regulated routes.
The first is Brisbane-Roma-Charleville, while the second was Brisbane-Longreach-Barcaldine-Blackall.

http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/10/rex-wins-three-new-regulated-queensland-air-routes/
 

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This hopefully means an improvement to flying in the Gulf. $700+ airfares on Skytrans got you a bottle of water (room temp) and a muffin. I am based on Mornington Island for another 18 months and have fingers crossed.
 
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