Rex Airlines’ Gold Coast services to Melbourne and Sydney win Route of the Week
Rex Airlines’ Gold Coast to Melbourne and Sydney
Rex has launched two new routes from Gold Coast Airport to Melbourne and Sydney in time for the busy Easter period. Both services are operated twice-daily – the Melbourne route launching on 29 March and Sydney on 1 April.
Gold Coast Airport welcomed the first Rex passengers to arrive with a traditional water cannon salute and route launch cake.
The full service offering from Rex boosts competition on Gold Coast Airport’s two busiest routes. OAG Schedules Analyser data for week-beginning 29 March shows that competition on the Gold Coast-Melbourne route comes from Jetstar (49-weekly; 9,714 seats in total on A320/321), Qantas (18-weekly; 3,068 seats in total on 737-800), and Virgin Australia (40-weekly; 7,002 seats in total on 737-800).
Meanwhile, competition on the Gold Coast-Sydney route comes from Jetstar (8-weekly; 1,512 seats in total on A320/321), Qantas (3-weekly, 522 seats in total on 737-800), and Virgin Australia (daily; 1,225 seats in total on 737-800).
The new Rex services represent an additional 500,000 seats through Gold Coast Airport annually and will inject an estimated AU$208 million (US$160m) into the local economy in the next 12 months.
“Rex’s entry to the Gold Coast market will benefit locals and the growing number of people looking to travel here,” says Chris Mills, CEO Queensland Airports Limited. “After an extremely challenging 12 months for tourism operators on the Gold Coast and in northern New South Wales, domestic flights are increasing significantly at Gold Coast Airport in the lead-up to Easter. The expected increase to about 50 return flights a day will see the airport’s capacity approach pre-COVID-19 levels during the holiday period.”
Rex Deputy Chairman the Hon John Sharp AM comments: “We are delighted passenger demand has already exceeded our expectations. A number of flights are already fully booked as travellers embrace the greater choice and competition we’ve brought to the market because of our reputation of providing safe and reliable services at an affordable price as demonstrated by our launch fares.”
Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan says direct flights from key interstate markets are crucial to the city’s tourism industry as the economy is rebuilt. “Importantly, these services translate into more visitors for our 4,600 tourism businesses,” she adds. “Destination Gold Coast is providing marketing support for the new routes to remind families and couples from down South to reconnect on the Gold Coast this Easter and throughout winter. We must ensure that Gold Coast is the number one holiday destination for Aussies and city-wide partnerships with the City of Gold Coast, Gold Coast Airport and airlines are incredibly valuable.”
The first Rex passengers to touch down on the Gold Coast enjoyed live music by Lauren Bunney from the Youth Music Venture and received $50 vouchers for a Gold Coast experience, thanks to Destination Gold Coast. Rex also supplied cupcakes to passengers and a lucky few received flight vouchers.
The Gold Coast is the first Queensland destination serviced by Rex Airlines’ 737 aircraft as the regional carrier expands to major city routes across Australia. Each aircraft has 176 seats and both economy and business classes.