Rex Launches Ticket Sale for New Route Between Melbourne and Devonport
Rex has today opened ticket sales for their much anticipated new route between Melbourne and Devonport which will commence on August 19, 2022. The route will operate twice daily on weekdays and once daily on weekends.
On Monday (July 11, 2022), Rex announced the opening of ticket sales for their new service between Melbourne and Devonport which will start on August 19, 2022. The route will operate twice daily on Mondays through Fridays, and daily on Saturdays and Sundays. With the new route, Melbournians will now be able to arrive in Devonport before 09:00. Devonport is the carrier’s third destination in Tasmania, complementing existing service to Burnie and King Island. Rex's regional network strategy also includes significant increases in service to Wagga Wagga, Albury, Dubbo, Orange and Mildura.
In today’s announcment, Rex’s General Manager of Network Strategy, Warrick Lodge, said,
“We have been solicited for years to end the suffering of the local community, which has endured almost two decades of high prices and unreliable services by QantasLink, the incumbent monopoly operator. In May, for example, QantasLink had an On Time Performance of 60.7% (way below the records set by Tiger before it closed down), compared to Rex’s 76.9% for regional services. We are immensely pleased that today we are finally able to respond to their pleas. For the first time ever, Rex’s trademark and highly sought-after Community Fare scheme will be brought to Devonport, priced at an affordable $149 each way.”
“Rex and its predecessor airline Kendell Airlines serviced the Melbourne-Devonport route between 1989 and 2005, so it is somewhat of a nostalgic return for us. August 2022 is a milestone month for Rex as it will mark our 20th Birthday, and it is fitting that we are able to commence the Devonport service in this month as part of our anniversary celebrations. Rex’s convenient flight schedule, affordable fares and superior reliability will deliver the much needed socio-economic benefits to the communities of Devonport and the northwest coast of Tasmania as they recover from the devastation of the pandemic.”
Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline. The carrier operates a fleet of 60 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.