Tourism welcomes Regional Express airline to the West

13 November 2015

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed today’s announcement that Regional Express (REX) is the preferred tenderer to fly the regulated routes from Perth to Albany and Esperance.

The entry of REX to Western Australia will fill the critical gap left in the wake of Virgin vacating the south west regional routes. Tourism Council WA is awaiting official news on the outcome of the remaining route tenders for regional WA, such as Monkey Mia, Kalbarri and Geraldton.

Regional Express (REX) is Australia’s largest independent regional airline, servicing more than 60 destinations in regional Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

“Tourism Council WA has long campaigned to ensure a guaranteed regulated service to both Albany and Esperance,” Mr Hall said.

“Offering a regulated route has given REX the certainty they needed to branch out into WA.

“REX has a successful record of offering regional services including to tourism destinations such as Byron Bay and Kangaroo Island,” he said.

The REX flights will be available on the Global Distribution System, which means tourists from around the world can book a trip to Albany through a travel agent or online agent such as Expedia.

“Having decent passenger services that are bookable online is crucial to tourism destinations,” Mr Hall said.

“The service provided by REX will be a real passenger service with the online ability to allow visitors from around the globe to visit our fantastic regions such as the Great Southern.”

Tourism Council WA is expecting more frequent services and overall seat capacity on the Albany and Esperance routes.

Mr Hall said it was important for all parties to expedite the process so flights for fly-drive holidays to Albany and Esperance can start to be booked.

The REX SAAB fleet seats 34 passengers. Tourism Council WA is expecting more frequent services with the smaller aircraft.

 “The smaller REX aircraft are not required to have expensive security screenings – we call on Albany and Esperance airports to drop any passenger screening fees to reduce the cost of airfares as soon as practicable,” Mr Hall said.

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