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Rex takes flight to Port Augusta

Regional Express has been awarded the route licence to operate passenger air services to Port Augusta from September.

Rex will operate three weekly roundtrip services from 11 September, subject to regulatory approval, providing up to 10,000 seats a year.

The new service will improve access for people travelling to Port Augusta for business while opening up the region to more domestic and international visitors.

An expression of interest was issued to take over the Route Service Licence after the previous operator ceased services in May this year.

The regional airline will also offer connections to Coober Pedy, linking the opal mining town and Port Augusta by air for the first time.

Rex General Manager of Network Strategy and Sales Warrick Lodge said Rex is extremely pleased to be in a position to resurrect a regional air service between Adelaide and Port Augusta following the exit of Sharp Airways on 31 May 2017.

“Rex understands that the air service is a vital link for Port Augusta and we look forward to working in partnership with the Port Augusta City Council and the South Australian Government to ensure that the air service is sustainable,” said Mr Lodge.

“The service will also extend through to Coober Pedy which means that there will be, for the first time, air services linking Port Augusta to Coober Pedy. This in turn will provide many flow-on benefits for business, government, mining and tourism related travel. We look forward to seeing the service evolve into the future.”

Rex currently operates intrastate and interstate services including from Adelaide to Ceduna, Coober Pedy, Kangaroo Island, Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Broken Hill and Mildura.

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional airline operating a fleet of more than 50 Saab 340 aircraft on 1500 weekly flights to 58 destinations throughout all states in Australia.

Image Caption: New air services to Port Augusta will make some of SA’s major tourist destinations more accessible for tourists seeking to explore some of the more remote parts of our state (photo by Georgie Sharp).

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