“Relentless pillaging of Rex’s pilot group”: Rex pokes the finger at Qantas as it reduces capacity on 7 routes & suspends 2

Adelaide, Australia - January 4, 2013: REX (Regional Express Airlines) Saab 340 twin engined regional commuter aircraft taking off from Adelaide Airport.
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    Rex today said the airline has been forced to make further reductions to its regional network as the major carriers, particularly the Qantas Group, continued their “relentless pillaging of Rex’s pilot group”.

    The reductions, effective from 30 October, all involve the regional routes serviced by Rex’s fleet of Saab 340 turboprop aircraft. The routes affected are:

    • Sydney-Albury
    • Sydney-Coffs Harbour
    • Sydney-Griffith
    • Sydney-Narrandera
    • Sydney-Orange
    • Sydney-Parkes
    • Sydney-Port Macquarie

    Rex will also temporarily suspend services between Sydney and Armidale until at least March 30, 2024 and withdraw from the Cairns-Bamaga route in Far North Queensland.

    Service reductions on seven other regional routes announced on 21 April, 2023 will continue for at least another five months as will the suspension of flights between Adelaide and Mildura.

    “Unlike other carriers, we prefer to reduce the scheduled services so that our passengers can be assured of fewer disruptions and more reliable services,” Rex’s general manager of network strategy, Warrick Lodge, explained.

    “We intend to return to the standard flight schedules from 31 March 2024 – however this is subject to the situation improving,” Lodge added.

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