Regional Express and Griffith City Council have entered into a five year partnership agreement until 30 June 2023.
The partnership agreement will see the introduction of the Regional Express Community Fare scheme and an additional 10 weekly flights between Griffith and Sydney, adding some 17,000 seats to the route annually.
In addition to the implementation of the Community Fare, effective 29 October 2018, Regional Express has committed to operating one additional return flight every weekday between Griffith and Sydney that will see the current five return services each weekday increase to six return services.
The increased schedule has been achieved by the airline exiting the Mildura to Sydney route and redeploying the aircraft, flight crew and Sydney airport slots to the Griffith to Sydney route. The decision to exit the Mildura to Sydney route is the result of increased airport charges imposed by Mildura airport and the commencement of the new partnership agreement with Griffith City Council.
The changes will create a new flight linkage between Griffith and Broken Hill, adding benefit to both communities.
Warrick Lodge, Regional Express General Manager Network Strategy and Sales said:
“Griffith is the 13th community in our network to receive the successful Community Fare scheme. The combination of improved fare affordability and additional flight frequency will deliver significant socio-economic benefits to the Griffith community and surrounding region”.
“I would like to thank Griffith City Council for proactively reaching out to Rex, looking to enter into a mutually beneficial partnership. The $129 community fare and additional flights are only made possible through such an approach”.
Griffith Mayor Cr John Dal Broi has welcomed the new agreement:
“I’m really pleased with this new agreement, it will make air travel in and out of Griffith more attractive to residents and visitors”.
“This partnership gives Rex a real incentive to grow passenger numbers, while assuring the Council of a stable income to operate the airport and offer commuters access to the community fare. I think this is a great result for Griffith and I’m sure local residents and businesses will also agree. Rex reports that the community fare scheme is working very well in other centres as people amend their travel plans to take advantage of the Community Fare”.