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The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Leader of the House of Representatives
At Rex Airlines you have every reason to feel proud as you celebrate ten years in the air. During a decade that has seen a global financial crisis and the collapse of other airlines in Australia and around the world you have not just survived, you have thrived. Each half-year profit result brings more good news and your popularity with the flying public is genuinely impressive.
The Federal Government recognises that aviation is critical to the way regional Australians connect with each other and the rest of the nation. Families and businesses depend on a reliable, frequent and safe service for their economic and social well-being. That is why we fund non-commercial air services and upgrades to aerodromes across regional and remote Australia. Despite the challenges, regional passenger traffic has grown by more than six percent in the past five years, exceeding growth between major city airports. Regional aviation has a bright future.
While your airline’s profitability must be a source of envy for almost every other airline flying today, this has clearly not come at the expense of the service you offer your customers. Last year, Rex was named best regional airline in the country by Australian Traveller. This was backed by Choice magazine which gave you top marks for in-flight service. You also lead the nation in best on-time departures and the lowest cancellation rates. No wonder so many passengers choose to fly with you.
Congratulations Rex. You are a success story in a competitive, complex industry. The long-term outlook for regional operators such as Rex is bright. I offer my warmest wishes for your next decade in the air.