Rex boosts flight services from Brisbane

Aerial view of a Rex Airlines Boeing 737 taking off.
Photo Credit: Rex Airlines
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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Rex Airlines now connects Brisbane with three other capital cities following the inaugural flight to Adelaide, South Australia last week.

A host of dignitaries were on hand to welcome the first flight from Adelaide and then farewell Rex’s Brisbane-Adelaide flight ZL913 which departed on-time at 1.15pm on October 30.

Among those present were John Sharp AM, Deputy Chairman of Rex, Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Michael Healy MP, the Queensland Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, and Patricia O’Callaghan, the CEO of Tourism and Events Queensland.

Rex Airlines Brisbane – Adelaide Daily

The introduction of daily flights between Brisbane and Adelaide, operated by a Boeing 737-800NG, is set to provide an impressive 124,000 additional seats annually.

Prior to the global pandemic, the passenger count between these two cities was a staggering 875,000.

The robust forward bookings for these flights are indicative of the resurgence in demand, perhaps also fueled by the low cost of just $149.


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Leveraging National Jet Express

In addition, Rex will also leverage the capabilities of National Jet Express (NJE), a group member, to operate some flights using its modern and fuel-efficient De Havilland Q400NG aircraft.

“For a start, NJE will operate Rex’s Perth-Carnarvon flights three times a week,” explained Mr John Sharp at an airport media conference.

Front view of National Jet Express Dash 8 aircraft acquired by Rex Airlines
Photo Credit: Rex Airlines

This strategic collaboration allows for an expansion of services, including Rex’s Brisbane-Cairns route, offered at a highly competitive price of $149, which is $56 cheaper than the lowest Qantas fare.

“Access to NJE resources opens up a world of possibilities for Rex and allows us to look closely at the viability of flying to more major Queensland coastal cities and major tourist destinations,” Mr Sharp added.

As the demand for their services continues to grow, Rex is committed to introducing more Q400NG aircraft into NJE’s fleet for Queensland, he said.

Brisbane – Melbourne Services

Rex is also gearing up for the holiday season by adding extra flights between Brisbane and Melbourne.

These additional flights, scheduled from December 16 to January 7, are in response to increased demand and will be supported by the delivery of Rex’s 10th Boeing 737-800NG later this month.

A Rex Airlines Boeing 737 -800NG on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Rex Airlines

The expansion of aviation services is warmly received by the tourism industry, as it means more inbound seats for tourism operators, enhancing the visitor economy of Queensland’s world-class holiday destinations.

This is especially crucial in generating employment opportunities, aligning with the priorities of the Queensland Palaszczuk state Government.

As Australia’s preferred holiday destination, Queensland is eager to share its vibrant lifestyle with interstate passengers traveling on Rex Airlines’ extended flight network.

This added connectivity opens up numerous possibilities for Australian and international visitors to explore Queensland’s remarkable tourism experiences.

Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport, also expressed his optimism about this development, highlighting that Rex’s regional presence across Queensland and South Australia, combined with Brisbane Airport’s extensive network, promises a significant benefit for travelers from two states.

Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Patricia O’Callaghan, emphasized that the enthusiasm for Queensland has not waned over the years.

The state continues to welcome record numbers of domestic holiday visitors. She stressed the importance of direct aviation access to tourism destinations and applauded Rex’s efforts to introduce new services, encouraging Aussies to take advantage of the enticing fares available through their campaign.

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