Regional Express (Rex) has announced that it is withdrawing its once daily service between Newcastle and Ballina with effect from October 25.
Rex established the Newcastle to Ballina link in October 2011 which was at the same time the airline commenced services between Newcastle and Sydney.
‘As recently reported in the Rex results for financial year 2015, the current operating conditions in regional Australia remain very challenging and in such a harsh climate Rex cannot afford to carry loss making routes,’ said Warrick Lodge, Rex GM network strategy & sales.
‘Rex remains committed to the Sydney to Newcastle and Sydney to Ballina routes where Rex will continue to provide convenient business-friendly flight schedules.
Mr Lodge also added that further network cuts could not be ruled out in the interests of ensuring the continued provision of essential regional air services to the bush.
Customers impacted by the changes will be offered a full refund or alternate travel on Rex between Newcastle and Ballina via Sydney for no additional cost.