Rex Airlines starts first flights between Melbourne and Sydney
Rex Airlines has started flying on Australia's busiest route, Melbourne to Sydney,for the first time.
The regional carrier's first flights between the capital cities began this morning, as it attempts to compete with Virgin and Qantas on metropolitan routes.
The first flight from Melbourne to Sydney has just touched down.
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Rex said it's the first independent airline to fly between the cities for nearly 15 years.
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The aircraft operating on the route is the Boeing 737-800 NG.
Rex has also announced new destinations from other capital cities, unveiling flights from Melbourne to the Gold Coast and Adelaide with prices starting at $69.
Rex's deputy chairman, the Hon John Sharp, said; "South Australia and Queensland have always benefitted from Rex's regional services which are renowned for reliability and great country hospitality, at affordable fairs.
"I am pleased to announced these two states will, for the first time be able to enjoy the same benefits for their domestic services."
The airline will offer full refunds if passengers cannot travel due to coronavirus border closures or restrictions.
Rex will also start new services in April including between Sydney and NSW destinations Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
Last month, Rex announced the revamp of its regional route network in response to what it calls "aggressive predatory moves" by rival airline Qantas.
Rex argued that Qantas' entry into routes such as Sydney to Orange and Sydney to Merimbula would force it out as the low-passenger routes would be unable to support two airlines.
In a notice to shareholders, Rex's Deputy Chairman John Sharp criticised Qantas, accusing the business of attempting to intimidate smaller players.
"Qantas has clearly embarked on a deliberate strategy of moving into Rex's routes that can only support one regional carrier in an attempt to intimidate and damage Rex in its traditional regional market, hoping that Rex would be a less formidable competitor in the domestic market," Mr Sharp said.
Rex currently operates 1500 flights a week between 59 destinations.