- Rex secures five-year agreement to deliver air services to Albany and Esperance
- Agreement will boost number of available weekly flights to both regional centres
A new State Government agreement with air services provider Regional Express (Rex) will respectively deliver a 53 per cent and 38 per cent increase in the number of weekly flights available to the major regional centres of Albany and Esperance.
In announcing the agreement today, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the State Government was committed to providing sustainable, flexible and high-quality transport options to all West Australians.
"The State Government's decision to award Rex the regulated air services routes between Perth and Esperance and Perth and Albany, will provide consumers with more travel options and flexibility than has previously been the case," Mr Nalder said.
"Under the deed of agreement, Rex will provide 23 services per week to and from Albany, a 53 per cent increase on current air services and Esperance will receive 18 services each way per week, an increase of 38 per cent on current services.
"Rex's service will result in a better range of flight times for travellers and an increase in total seat capacity, allowing for an increase in passenger numbers on the routes.
"This is a really positive outcome for both the Albany and Esperance communities with flow-on benefits for local businesses and tourism."
During a visit to Esperance and Albany today to meet with key stakeholders including local government and business representatives, the Minister said Rex would provide air services on the regulated air routes of Perth- Albany and Perth-Esperance from February 28, 2016, with the deed expiring on February 27, 2021.
Mr Nalder said Rex would be seeking staff in a variety of roles across several locations in WA, providing employment opportunities for many West Australians. The hotel and hospitality industries in Esperance and Albany would also benefit from the overnighting of Rex's planes and air crews.
"Rex has a proven track record in providing world-class air services to regional areas and has grown passengers on a number of regional air routes across Australia, through strong engagement with the community, businesses and the tourism industry," he said.
Over the next five years, the Department of Transport in partnership with Rex, will continue to monitor operation of the routes and regularly engage with regional stakeholders to ensure long-term sustainable and high-quality services on the routes.
Rex will shortly announce flight schedules, times and fares; and bookings will be available on its website.
Minister's office - 6552 6400