Adelaide Airport and Rex are planning to bus all Rex’s arriving passengers directly from their aircraft to the old International Terminal Building. This will remove the need for security screening of arriving Rex passengers and the long walk from the aircraft along the covered walkways and inside the terminal.
Final sign off on the arrangements is expected in the coming days and this could mean the bussing would commence early May.
Work still has to be done on the old International Terminal to facilitate the revised passenger entry and relocation of a special bus from Sydney to do the job. This will take approximately two weeks to complete after the go ahead is given.
“Rex is not moving out of the new terminal. Our outbound passengers will continue to use the new facility as they do now. Our staff and operations management will remain in the new terminal – the difference is that our Adelaide arriving passengers will be transferred by bus to the old International Terminal where they can collect their baggage and depart the airport very quickly,” Geoff Breust, Rex’s Managing Director said.
“These new arrangements are being put in place in response to the very public outcry from regional passengers over the facilities for Rex’s regional passengers in the new terminal,” Mr Breust said
The complaints concerned the distances to walk, the intrusive inbound security screening and the terrible covered walkways which have little ventilation, are hot and flood when it rains.
“We believe a bus service for passengers arriving in Adelaide is currently the best solution. We will ensure everyone is fully advised when the new arrangements are put in place.”
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