Australia’s Rex To Launch Second Brisbane Route To Sydney 

Australian regional carrier Rex said it plans to launch flights between Brisbane (BNE) and Sydney (SYD) from Dec. 20, an announcement that comes shortly after the carrier revealed plans for BNE-Melbourne (MEL) service starting Dec. 17.

BNE will become part of Rex’s network with the launch of the two routes. Rex said the latest route announcement means it has achieved a goal of serving Australia’s “Golden Triangle” of BNE, MEL and SYD.

Rex will operate the BNE-SYD route 3X-daily on weekdays and 2X-daily on weekends. The route will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

“Today’s announcement yet again demonstrates our determination to grow our domestic network and provide consumers with safe, reliable and affordable air travel,” Rex Deputy Chairman John Sharp said.

Brisbane is the state capital of Queensland. “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,” Queensland tourism minister Stirling Hinchliffe said. “The new Rex capacity into Brisbane delivers more options for Sydneysiders looking forward to a Queensland holiday getaway after a tough year.”

BNE CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff added: “These new services will provide travelers with more choice and flexibility just in time for Christmas. Today’s announcement from Rex, in addition to the new Melbourne services, bolsters the recovery for Brisbane’s two busiest domestic routes.”

Sharp said BNE is now “a key gateway for Rex and will very quickly become the launch pad for further forays into the Queensland market in the months and years ahead,” adding: “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 737-800 base in Brisbane.”

In addition to six 737-800s, Rex operates 60 Saab 340 turboprops.

Photo credit: Rob Finlayson

Aaron Karp

Aaron Karp is a Contributing Editor to the Aviation Week Network.