After being earmarked to discontinue at the end of the month, Rex Airlines has today announced it will continue to operate several routes, including Lismore.
This follows the unexpected decision by the Federal Government to continue the Regional Aviation Network Support (RANS) program until end of September 2021.
The Sydney to Lismore route had only been available since April last year. It was originally only planned for two months but had continued into 2021.
The decision to extend the services from April 1 will coincide with the start of new regional services from Sydney to Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
Lismore City Mayor Vanessa Ekins is very happy about the turn of events. ‘This is good news. Flights linking Lismore and Sydney are important for our university, hospitals and legal offices.’
Rex will also be launching its new domestic routes of Melbourne to the Gold Coast (commencing 29 March) and Adelaide (commencing 31 March); and Sydney – Gold Coast (commencing 1 April) on its fleet of Boeing 737-800 NG jets.
Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 60 Saab 340 and four Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft to 61 destinations throughout all states in Australia.
The five affected routes are: Sydney – Bathurst; Sydney – Cooma; Sydney – Lismore; Sydney – Grafton, and; Adelaide – Kangaroo Island.
Fares for travel on these routes from April onwards are on sale now.