Regional Express (Rex) today launched its first flight between Cairns and Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) Airport, a new service that will operate each week day.
Rex general manager network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge said the new service will bring safe and reliable air travel options to regional communities in Australia.
“The Rex Board has set aside a considerable budget to fulfil this commitment and we will explore all viable propositions from any community that wants to work in partnership with Rex as was showcased today in our collaboration with the NPA council,” Mr Lodge said.
Since Rex commenced flights on the Gulf route in January this year, Mr Lodge said the company has been approached by businesses and individuals demanding direct flights between Cairns and Mount Isa – a service which has been unavailable for three months.
“Today I am pleased to announce that Rex will commence a direct Regular Public Transport (RPT) service between Cairns and Mount Isa with effect from Monday 25 May 2015,” Mr Lodge said.
“This will allow business travellers from Cairns to spend a full day in Mount Isa before returning home late evening.”
From 25 May, the airline will base three aircraft in Cairns with the possibility of expanding its fleet size in the new financial year.
The expansion has resulted in Rex investing in infrastructural support in far North Queensland, where they will open a new crew base in Cairns and will purchase a large engineering facility to service and maintain the aircraft.
Rex, Australia’s largest independent regional airline, consists of a fleet of more than 40 Saab 340 jets and operates 1,300 weekly flights to 53 domestic destinations.