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Rex opens Cairns-Townsville route as part of Queensland expansion

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 3, 2014
A Rex Saab 340 at Townville. (Seth Jaworski)
A Rex Saab 340 at Townville. (Seth Jaworski)

Regional Express (Rex) says wining three new Queensland government regulated air route contracts has given the airline confidence to start direct flights between Cairns and Townsville.

Rex general manager of network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge says the new route heralds the start of an increased focus on Queensland.

“We will commence with a modest service on 3 January 2015 but once we have bedded in the new regulated routes we will look to ramp up services as well as look at other opportunities to service Far North Queensland,” Lodge said.

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“The Rex board has decided to increase focus on Queensland and to gradually build up our resources and investments in Queensland as our way of recognising the tremendous trust placed on us by the Queensland state government through awarding all five regulated routes we applied for.”

The Queensland government awarded Rex five regulated air route contracts following the recent tender process, up from two contracts in the previous five-year term. Of those five routes, one starts in Cairns, while another originates in Townsville.

Rex said there would be 11 Saab 340 aircraft in the airline’s Queensland-based fleet operating the five regulated routes, regular public transport services as well as charter flights from January 1 2015.

The carrier will be the second airline offering direct flights between Cairns and Townsville route alongside Qantas.

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“Ever since Virgin Australia exited the Cairns to Townsville route, we have been solicited to commence a competitive air service on the route to end the monopoly,” Lodge said.

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2 Comments

  • John

    says:

    wow !!!

    What were Skytrans thinking ?

    Why didn’t they do this route ages ago ?

  • Mac Carter

    says:

    Skytrans did service this route for a short time. Passengers loved it, the personal service recieved rave reviews.
    I seem to recall it was serviced by piston twin aircraft.

    Virgin Jet service was great, however the sheduling was not sutiable.
    Loved those E Jets.

    Too bad the ” milk run “; ie Cairns / Townsville / Mackay / Rockhampton / possibly Gladstone / Brisbane could not be revived.
    That was a great service .

    Perhaps a fully dedpreciated F70 / F100 might do the job?

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Rex opens Cairns-Townsville route as part of Queensland expansion

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 3, 2014
A Rex Saab 340 at Townville. (Seth Jaworski)
A Rex Saab 340 at Townville. (Seth Jaworski)

Regional Express (Rex) says wining three new Queensland government regulated air route contracts has given the airline confidence to start direct flights between Cairns and Townsville.

Rex general manager of network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge says the new route heralds the start of an increased focus on Queensland.

“We will commence with a modest service on 3 January 2015 but once we have bedded in the new regulated routes we will look to ramp up services as well as look at other opportunities to service Far North Queensland,” Lodge said.

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“The Rex board has decided to increase focus on Queensland and to gradually build up our resources and investments in Queensland as our way of recognising the tremendous trust placed on us by the Queensland state government through awarding all five regulated routes we applied for.”

The Queensland government awarded Rex five regulated air route contracts following the recent tender process, up from two contracts in the previous five-year term. Of those five routes, one starts in Cairns, while another originates in Townsville.

Rex said there would be 11 Saab 340 aircraft in the airline’s Queensland-based fleet operating the five regulated routes, regular public transport services as well as charter flights from January 1 2015.

The carrier will be the second airline offering direct flights between Cairns and Townsville route alongside Qantas.

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“Ever since Virgin Australia exited the Cairns to Townsville route, we have been solicited to commence a competitive air service on the route to end the monopoly,” Lodge said.

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

2 Comments

  • John

    says:

    wow !!!

    What were Skytrans thinking ?

    Why didn’t they do this route ages ago ?

  • Mac Carter

    says:

    Skytrans did service this route for a short time. Passengers loved it, the personal service recieved rave reviews.
    I seem to recall it was serviced by piston twin aircraft.

    Virgin Jet service was great, however the sheduling was not sutiable.
    Loved those E Jets.

    Too bad the ” milk run “; ie Cairns / Townsville / Mackay / Rockhampton / possibly Gladstone / Brisbane could not be revived.
    That was a great service .

    Perhaps a fully dedpreciated F70 / F100 might do the job?

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