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No longer viable: Rex to exit Sydney Canberra route from 30 May

Regional Express Airlines (Rex) has announced that it will cease services between Sydney and Canberra from Monday, 30 May.

Regional Express Airlines (Rex) has announced that it will cease services between Sydney and Canberra from Monday, 30 May.

Rex launched Sydney-Canberra services in April last year as part of an expansion of the airline’s regional and domestic network.

“We are proud to have brought much-needed competition to the Sydney-Canberra route, and airfares have never been cheaper,” Rex Deputy Chairman, the Hon John Sharp AM, said.

“Unfortunately, the entrance of an additional operator and the very high charges imposed by Sydney Airport from 1 June 2022 means that the route is no longer viable for Rex.

“The resources will be diverted to other routes which will provide a better return,” he added.

REX Canberra
The inaugural Sydney to Canberra flight back in April 2021

The last Rex Sydney-Canberra flight will operate on Sunday, 29 May, marking the end of the airline’s services between Albury and Melbourne.

The airline says impacted passengers will be offered free of charge rerouting or a refund.

Rex announced it had signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Delta Air Lines earlier this month, confirming the parties’ intention to enter into a ‘definitive commercial agreement’.

The partnership agreement will see Rex and Delta providing reciprocal interline ticketing and baggage services to each other commencing during the third quarter of 2022.

“This is a milestone moment for Rex and our passengers,” Rex Deputy Chairman, the Hon John Sharp AM, said.

“Rex is delighted to forge a partnership with America’s most awarded airline. Our tie-up with Delta will help boost the post-COVID return of long-haul international travel.”

For more information, visit www.rex.com.au