Regional Express (Rex) has reacted to the news of QantasLink’s withdrawal from Port Lincoln, Kingscote and Burnie by saying it will take steps to ensure there will be enough capacity to satisfy the demand from these communities.
Rex Managing Director Geoff Breust said Rex already had plans to introduce five more SAAB 340 aircraft into service before the end of the year. If necessary, these resources would be diverted to give priority to the communities affected by the withdrawal.
‘“We will monitor the situation closely and will increase frequencies should the situation justify it. Serving our existing network will take absolute priority over our expansion plans. As an immediate first measure, we will be looking at increasing the number of weekend flights to Port Lincoln and Burnie to replace some of the frequency that will be lost.”
“Rex will maintain the same affordable pricing structure that it has on all its routes and will not change this policy simply because QantasLink has withdrawn its service.”
Mr Breust added, “Rex is in close consultation with QantasLink to ensure a smooth transition and all QantasLink tickets will be accepted at face value for travel on Rex. Any passengers who wish to take advantage of this offer should contact Qantas to arrange the ticket transfer. We do not expect to have any major disruptions.”