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Rex Celebrates Launch of New Service Between Melbourne and Devonport

Rex celebrated the launch of new twice-daily weekday service between Melbourne and Devonport today, with the inaugural flight touching down at 08:10 this morning. The flight was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute and a host of dignitaries.

Rex Saab 340 Regional Turboprop - Courtesy Rex

On Friday (August 19, 2022), Rex announced the launch of inaugural service between Melbourne and Devonport, with the first flight touching down in Devonport at 08:10 this morning, greeted by a traditional water salute and a host of dignitaries. The route will be operated twice-daily during the week and one time daily on weekends with one-way fares from $149. On hand for the inaugural celebrations were the Tasmanian Premier, the Honourable Jeremy Rockliff MP, Rex Deputy Chairman, the Honourable John Sharp AM, and the Tasmanian Ports Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Donald. Devonport is Rex’s third destination served from Melbourne, joining existing services to Burnie and King Island.

In Friday’s announcement, Rex’s Deputy Chairman, Hon. John Sharp AM, said,

“We are delighted to once again be able to offer competitive airfares, reliable services and user-friendly schedules to the long suffering and neglected communities of northern Tasmania who for far too long have been forced to pay exorbitant prices.”

Also commenting on the new service, Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff, said,

“This is a fantastic vote of confidence in Tasmania’s strong tourism industry, especially for the North West and surrounding regions. The direct flights will provide more options for travellers and additional capacity to meet demand and has been warmly welcomed by the Tasmanian community, tourism and business operators. Tasmania’s tourism industry is one of our greatest success stories with nearly 300,000 visitors to the State in April, May and June, and the highest spend for any June quarter on record. These new flights will maintain this momentum and further encourage visitation to the North West and surrounding regions, ensuring the benefits are spread into our regional areas.”

Rex's Schedule Between Melbourne and Devonport - Courtesy Rex

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline. The carrier operates a fleet of 61 Saab 340s and six Boeing 737-800NGs, serving 58 destinations throughout all Australian states. The Rex Group also includes wholly-owned subsidiaries Pel-Air Aviation (an airfreight aeromedical and charter operator) as well as two pilot academies, Australia Airline Pilot Academy in Wagga Wagga and Ballarat.

Source: Rex Airlines


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