Regional Express (Rex) announced on Friday December 15 that it will exit the Taree to Sydney route with the last service operating on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
In a statement Rex said it had been informed recently by MidCoast Council that a replacement airline has been sourced.
“The Taree route is loss-making for Rex however, the impetus to withdraw from the route originated from the MidCoast Council’s refusal to supply a three-phase power outlet to the airport apron (an investment of less than $1000) when Rex was prepared to invest $23,000 for a new three-phase ground power unit that would improve operating efficiencies and reliability on the route,” Rex’s general manager, network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge said.
“Rex commenced servicing the Taree to Sydney route more than 10 years ago in February 2007. This followed the collapse of Big Sky Express Airlines in late 2006 and a request from the Greater Taree City Council.
“Rex was dismayed by the decision of the MidCoast Council to hold back key services for the primary user of Taree airport given that council had spent in excess of $4.2 million on airport upgrades over the previous three years without consulting with Rex to understand its needs.
“Rex had earlier given the MidCoast Council one year to find a replacement airline.
“As Taree to Sydney is a licensed route, Rex has provided more than the required four weeks’ notice to Transport for NSW of its intention to withdraw from the route.”
The Rex services between Newcastle and Sydney, which are currently shared with Taree, will continue to operate as normal with 36 weekly services between Newcastle and Sydney.
Taree passengers holding Rex reservations for travel beyond January 27, 2018 will be offered a full refund.
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