The Western Australian Government has announced Regional Express (Rex) as the successful tenderer to operate the Regular Public Transport (RPT) air services on the Perth – Carnarvon / Monkey Mia route.
This confers on Rex the sole right to operate on the route for a five-year term commencing on 2 July 2018.
Rex will operate 24 weekly services between Perth and Carnarvon and 12 weekly services between Perth and Monkey Mia. This is a 20 percent increase in flight frequency for Carnarvon and a 50% increase in flight frequency for Monkey Mia in comparison to the current flight frequency offered by the incumbent.
The extra flight frequency between Perth and Carnarvon will deliver a consistent Monday to Friday flight schedule with a.m. and p.m. return services, to the convenience of regular travelers. The 12 weekly services between Perth and Monkey Mia will operate daily from Sunday to Friday inclusive. The flight schedule is attached.
Rex’s General Manager Network Strategy & Sales Mr. Warrick Lodge said:
“Rex is pleased to be expanding its services in WA. The award of the Perth – Carnarvon / Monkey Mia route to Rex follows the award of the Albany and Esperance routes two years ago, demonstrating that Rex has fully lived up to expectations in its first foray into WA. Indeed in the recent WA inquiry, the public response to Rex’s services and approach on the Albany and Esperance routes was predominantly positive”.
“In the last two years Rex has forged strong partnership agreements with the City of Albany, the Shire of Esperance and Perth Airport. Through this collaboration, Rex has implemented a very successful Community Fare scheme which saw over 24,000 Community Fares sold out of 106,000 total seats sold in the past 12 months, bringing around two million dollars of savings to regional air travelers annually”.
“Rex intends to replicate this same successful scheme to Monkey Mia and Carnarvon. Rex and RAC (Monkey Mia / Shark Bay airport) have agreed to enter into a five-year agreement which will result in the Community Fare Scheme being made available between Perth and Monkey Mia. The Community Fare will be priced at $157 and will be available on 25% of the inventory if booked 60 days prior to departure, with all remaining unsold seats being made available within 1 day prior to departure” said Mr. Lodge.
Rex is currently in discussions with the Shire of Carnarvon to establish a partnership along similar lines.