Regional Express (Rex) will launch flights between Brisbane and Sydney on 20 December, with fares starting from just $69.
It is the second new route unveiled by Rex this week, following Monday’s announcement that flights between Brisbane and Melbourne will begin on 17 December, and will complete its goal of flying the entire ‘Golden Triangle’ (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane).
Rex will service the Brisbane-Sydney route with triple-daily flights Monday to Friday, with double-daily operations on weekends.
The special $69 fares are on sale until 30 November for travel up to 30 April 2022, and there will be no Christmas holiday blackout dates on flights to Brisbane.
Rex’s deputy chairman, John Sharp, said the announcement “yet again demonstrates our determination to grow our domestic network and provide consumers with safe, reliable and affordable air travel”.
“Brisbane is a key gateway for Rex and will very quickly become the launchpad for further forays into the Queensland market in the months and years ahead.”
Queensland’s Tourism Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, welcomed the extra capacity from Sydney into Brisbane delivered by Rex.
“More visitors to Brisbane fly in from Sydney than any other city, making the new Rex connection good news for tourism operators and family reunions this Christmas,” he said.
“The new Rex capacity into Brisbane delivers more options for Sydneysiders looking forward to a Queensland holiday getaway after a tough year.
“The Palaszczuk government is committed to backing Queensland airports to rebuild flight schedules, because we understand the importance of aviation to helping our state’s tourism industry to rebuild better.”
Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO at Brisbane Airport Corporation, said: “From the Harbour City to the River City, these new services will provide travellers with more choice and flexibility just in time for Christmas.
“[This] announcement from Rex, in addition to the new Melbourne services, bolsters the recovery for Brisbane’s two busiest domestic routes.
“We applaud Rex for their decision to invest in Brisbane and look forward to working with them as they continue their growth.”
Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said: “Reconnecting people in Sydney and Brisbane is so important as we work towards the recovery of our domestic travel industry.
“We are excited to see Rex’s announcement that they will be commencing this service and look forward to this route returning to being one of the busiest in the world.”
Rex has made no secret of the fact it has been looking very closely at a range of major regional and holiday destinations in Queensland, and will establish a Boeing 737-800NG base in Brisbane.
The airline is also rolling out WiFi on its fleet of Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. Intelsat’s 2Ku WiFi systems have been installed on four of the fleet of six jets in the 737 fleet, and the remaining are due to be similarly equipped in a few months’ time.