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Rex to resume Melbourne-Adelaide flights from 26 November

written by Hannah Dowling | October 29, 2021
One of Rex's latest 737s, VH-REX, as shot in Melbourne YMML by Victor Pody
One of Rex’s latest 737s, VH-REX, as shot in Melbourne YMML by Victor Pody.

Rex has announced it will resume flights between Melbourne and Adelaide on its Boeing 737s from 26 November, after grounding its 737 fleet in July due to border closures.

It comes as South Australian Premier Steven Marshall revealed the state will ease its border restrictions for double-vaccinated travellers from NSW and Victoria from 23 November.

In light of the news, Rex has stated fares connecting Melbourne and Adelaide will be on sale from Friday to 14 November, with fares starting from $59 one-day, for travel up to 30 April 2022.

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The airline has said there will be no blackout dates for sale fares over the Christmas holiday season, to encourage the reunification of families for the holidays after months of border closures.

According to Rex, flight ZL413 will depart Melbourne at 7:30am on 26 November and arrive in Adelaide at 8:25am.

Flight ZL426 then leaves Adelaide at 9:15am, arriving in Melbourne at 11:05am.

“This will enable passengers on inbound regional flights to connect to the domestic network,” Rex said.

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Rex flight ZL465 will depart Melbourne at 4:45pm and land in Adelaide at 5:40pm, while flight ZL476 departs Adelaide at 6:25pm and arrives in Melbourne at 8.15pm.

The news comes days after Rex announced it will recommence its domestic services connecting Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra from 15 November.

Meanwhile, the airline will be “progressively” ramping up its regional operations throughout NSW and Victoria, also from 15 November, with its fleet of Saab 340 aircraft.

Rex said at that time it will plan to restart domestic services to South Australia and Queensland once both states achieve the 80 per cent vaccination target.

Prior to grounding its 737 fleet in July, the carrier was operating its Boeing narrowbodies on routes from Melbourne to Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Canberra, as well as Sydney to Gold Coast.

Just one month prior to putting its domestic network on hold, Rex announced that it was gearing up to expand its 737 fleet to eight jets by the end of this year.

In March, the airline launched its very first flights between two Australian capital cities, Sydney and Melbourne.

Since then, Rex has expanded its capital city network to include flights between the Gold Coast and Adelaide, and Sydney and Canberra.

The airline said at the time the addition of the two new aircraft will allow it the ability to launch more routes between capital cities, large regional centres and popular leisure destinations.

“We hope to lease another two aircraft to take our fleet size to 10 before the end of this year as foreshadowed in our plan announced last September,” said Rex deputy chairman John Sharp.

Rex first announced in May 2020 that it was gearing up to rival Qantas and Virgin to take on domestic routes between capital cities, with the airline initially eyeing off routes within the “golden triangle” of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

In November of 2020, Rex announced it had secured a $150 million investment in order to fund its expansion from regional operations into capital cities.

The airline was able to successfully cut a deal with a lessor to secure former Virgin Australia 737s as its rival continued its restructuring process, which included the dismantling of its budget arm, Tigerair.

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