In less than three months, Regional Express (Rex) has ramped up services between Port Lincoln and Adelaide, bringing it to a massive 88 weekly flights with the addition of five return services per week.
Starting from Monday 22 May, an extra evening service from Monday to Thursday will depart Adelaide at 4.15pm arriving in Port Lincoln at 5.05pm, leaving Port Lincoln at 5.25pm and arriving in Adelaide at 6.10pm. In addition, an extra Saturday morning service will depart Adelaide at 9.00am arriving in Port Lincoln at 9.50am, leaving Port Lincoln at 10.10am, arriving in Adelaide at 10.55am.
Commenting on the schedule changes, Rex Managing Director, Mr Geoff Breust, said the additional frequencies provide just under 3,000 Rex seats per week between Adelaide and Port Lincoln, an increase of 13 percent.
“The additional frequencies provide our customers with an improved choice of timings and the ability to spend more time in both Adelaide and Port Lincoln, without the need to travel on the last flight of the day.”
“Our increased services come in the wake of an additional two return frequencies per week introduced in February this year. Port Lincoln residents now enjoy seven return Rex flights each week day, four return flights on Saturdays and five on Sundays,” Mr Breust said.
Rex continues to grow its fleet of Saab aircraft and currently has 26 in its fleet. Three more Saabs are being acquired over coming months. The aircraft are being used to upgrade services from 19 seat Metro 23 aircraft and additional services across the Rex network.
Mr Breust said it was Rex’s aim to become an all Saab operation.
“We are delighted to be in the position to look ahead to expansion on existing and new routes as we continually review our schedules to respond to passenger growth and market requirements.”
Rex is South Australia’s largest regional airline operating services to Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Mount Gambier, Ceduna, Olympic Dam, Coober Pedy, Kingscote and Broken Hill. Rex is also Australia’s largest listed regional airline operating over 1,100 flights each week to 36 destinations.
Rex is also continuing to press Adelaide Airport to provide effective facilities for regional passengers using the airport. Negotiations are continuing with the airport in the hope of providing a practical solution to the inhumane covered walkways, long distances to walk, the four flights of stairs, and the intrusive security screening of inbound passengers.
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