Regional Express (Rex) was awarded the route licence to operate passenger air services between Port Augusta and Adelaide after the previous operator exited the route in May. At the launch, Port Augusta ground staff posed with Rex Sales Manager South Australia Kylie Good (second from left) and Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson (middle).
- Regional Express (Rex) launched its service between Port Augusta (PUG) and Adelaide (ADL) on 11 September. The route will also extend through to Coober Pedy (CPD) which means that for the first time, there will be air services linking Port Augusta to Coober Pedy, significantly enhancing the connectivity of these two cities for business, government, mining and tourism related travel. Operated by the airline’s 34-seat Saab 340 fleet, the three times weekly schedule will mean up to 10,000 seats a year will be provided on the connection. Rex Network Strategy & Sales Manager Warrick Lodge said: “Rex looks forward to building a strong partnership with the South Australian Government, Port Augusta City Council and the Port Augusta community to ensure we can continue to provide a sustainable air service for the long-term benefit of the region.” No other carriers operate this routing.