Rex Airlines to launch Adelaide-Brisbane service

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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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Australian regional carrier Rex Airlines has announced its plans to introduce daily direct flights between Adelaide and Brisbane starting from October 30th.

This new route marks a significant expansion for the airline, with the aim of providing enhanced connectivity across key Australian cities.

This latest addition comes on the heels of the successful launch of new routes including Adelaide-Sydney and Melbourne-Hobart.

Rex’s Growing Footprint

Rex Airlines, renowned for its commitment to providing reliable and efficient air travel, is making strategic moves to solidify its presence in Australia’s aviation landscape.

The Hon John Sharp AM, Deputy Chairman of Rex, highlighted the gradual growth of the airline’s footprint. “Step by step, our footprint is gradually growing as we continue to spread our wings so we can achieve our goal of flying to, and between, all of our capital cities,” stated Mr. Sharp.


Increased Capacity and Competitive Fares

The new route between Adelaide and Brisbane will be operated by a Boeing 737-800NG, providing an additional 128,000 seats per year. One of the standout features of this announcement is the attractive pricing for passengers.

With one-way Economy launch fares priced at just $149, Rex is seeking to offer cost-effective option that includes a checked baggage allowance of 23 kilos and complimentary on-board refreshments.

For those seeking a higher level of comfort, Rex’s Business Class will be available from $449, offering travelers a premium experience at a significantly lower cost compared to other carriers.

Reliability and On-Time Performance

Rex Airlines has gained a reputation as Australia’s most reliable airline, boasting the best On Time Performance (OTP) for both departures and arrivals. The airline has also boasted the lowest rate of flight cancellations among Australian domestic carriers.

Brenton Cox, Managing Director of Adelaide Airport, expressed his congratulations to Rex for its investment in South Australia and its recognition of the thriving Adelaide market.

He noted, “Rex has opened a further pipeline for Queenslanders to discover South Australia and once again has created more choice for South Australian travelers heading to Queensland.”

The new service is timely, as Adelaide Airport is regaining its pre-pandemic passenger numbers and Rex’s services are contributing to this positive trend.

Boosting Capacity

Gert-Jan de Graaff, Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation, also welcomed the news of the Brisbane-Adelaide route.

The market had experienced capacity constraints, but Rex’s announcement is set to restore capacity to 99%, benefitting both Queenslanders and South Australians.

The potential for growth in passenger numbers is substantial, as evidenced by the 875,000 people who flew between these two cities in 2019.

Rex’s Recent Achievements

In an eventful 24-hour period, Rex Airlines and its affiliated companies celebrated a series of significant achievements.

The airline was named Airline of the Year at the esteemed Australian Aviation Awards for 2023, organized in partnership with the University of NSW.

This prestigious accolade was accepted by Neville Howell, Rex’s Chief Operating Officer, and marks the second consecutive year that the airline has received this honor.

Neville Howell praised the airline’s staff for their dedication and hard work, emphasizing that the awards were a result of their extraordinary efforts.

Rex Group’s Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA) also received recognition as the Flight Training Business of the Year, underscoring the commitment to excellence across various aspects of the airline’s operations.

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