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REX RETRACTS REINSTATEMENT OF SERVICES TO KING ISLAND
Thursday, 25 October 2018
As foreshadowed in its media release of 15 October 2018, Regional Express (Rex) has announced that it will again reduce services between King Island and Melbourne

MEDIA RELEASE: King Island Apology to Rex Insincere
Monday, 15 October 2018
Regional Express (Rex) today revealed that the King Island Council (KIC) has initiated legal actions against the local newspaper King Island Courier over its coverage of the disagreement between Rex and KIC.

AUSTRALIAN TRANSPORT SAFETY BUREAU FINAL REPORT ON THE IN-FLIGHT LOSS OF PROPELLER
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Regional Express (Rex) welcomes the release today of the final report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) into the in-flight loss of a propeller on a Rex flight to Sydney on 17 March 2017.

REX ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY FARE FOR NARRANDERA / LEETON TO SYDNEY
Thursday, 4 October 2018
Regional Express (Rex) and the Narrandera and Leeton Shire Councils have entered into a five year partnership agreement through until 30 June 2023. The partnership agreement will see the introduction of the Rex Community Fare scheme between Narrandera-Leeton and Sydney.

MEDIA RELEASE- Flights from Tullamarine to King Island Reinstated as Council and Regional Express Ex
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
King Island Council and Regional Express (Rex) today announced that negotiations will commence on a long-term partnership agreement to secure Island access.

MEDIA RELEASE- Flights from Tullamarine to King Island Reinstated as Council and Regional Express Ex
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
King Island Council and Regional Express (Rex) today announced that negotiations will commence on a long-term partnership agreement to secure Island access.

MEDIA RELEASE- Increased Mildura Airport Charges Result in Redeployment of Services from Mildura to
Thursday, 13 September 2018
As foreshadowed in its media release of 18 July 2018, Regional Express (Rex) has announced that it will terminate the Mildura to Sydney route with the last service operating on 27 October 2018. The aircraft, crew and Sydney airport slots will be redeployed to the Sydney to Griffith route which has been experiencing solid passenger growth.

REX ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY FARE AND MORE FLIGHTS FOR GRIFFITH
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Regional Express (Rex) 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 Rex Community Fare scheme and an additional 10 weekly flights between Griffith and Sydney, adding some 17,000 seats to the route annually.

REGIONAL EXPRESS ANNOUNCES DIVESTMENT OF AIR LINK
Monday, 10 September 2018
The Regional Express (Rex) Group has today announced the divestment of Air Link Pty Ltd. The sale was effected on 7th September 2018, following the termination of Air Link passenger services in January 2018.

BREAKTHROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DISTRICT COUNCIL OF GRANT
Wednesday, 5 September 2018
Regional Express (Rex) and the District Council of Grant, the owners of Mount Gambier Airport, have decided to turn the page on 8 years of a tumultuous relationship by entering into a historic 5-year partnership agreement through until 30 June 2023.

REX FULL YEAR FY17/18 PROFITS IMPROVED BY 41%
Wednesday, 29 August 2018
The Regional Express (Rex) Group today announced a 41% improvement of profits for Financial Year 2018 (FY18).

REX PLEDGES $1 MILLION FOR DROUGHT RELIEF
Thursday, 9 August 2018
In view of the devastating and disastrous effect of the worst drought to hit regional Australia in the last 50 years, Regional Express (Rex) has decided to set aside $1 million for drought relief to regional Australia.

REX FINDS KING ISLAND COUNCIL’S ACTIONS DEPLORABLE
Friday, 27 July 2018
Regional Express (Rex) is calling off a planned meeting between its senior management and senior officials of King Island Council (KIC) due to the outrageous and unacceptable behaviour of senior council officials.

REX ANNOUNCES A REDUCTION IN SERVICES BETWEEN KING ISLAND AND MELBOURNE
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
In an earlier media release ‘Rex Condemns the Lies, Deception and Incompetence of King Island Council’, dated 6 July 2018 (reproduced below) Rex solemnly warned King Island Council (KIC) that if they did not review their decision to double airport charges that it would result in a degradation of air services to the remote Tasmanian Island.

REX RESPONDS TO UNREASONABLE INCREASE IN MILDURA
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Regional Express (Rex) has been forced to review the viability of existing air services to the Riverina town of Mildura after Mildura Airport (MAPL) has significantly increased the airport charges which is a serious breach of the partnership agreement in place.

REX WELCOMES THE AUSTRALIAN AIRPORTS ASSOCIATION (AAA)’S PRINCIPLE THAT PROFITABLE AIRPORTS SHOULD S
Friday, 6 July 2018
The Australian Airports Association (AAA), the apex body speaking on behalf of more than 260 airports and aerodromes Australia wide – from the local country community landing strip to major international gateway airports - has issued a media release on 4 July 2018 where its CEO has espoused the principle that profitable businesses should support their unprofitable trading partners.

REX CONDEMNS THE LIES, DECEPTION AND INCOMPETENCE OF KING ISLAND COUNCIL
Friday, 6 July 2018
Regional Express (Rex) vehemently condemns the press release issued by the King Island Council (KIC) in response to Rex’s objection of KIC’s unilateral decision to more than double the airport charges at King Island airport

Rex Introduces Community Fare Scheme Ahead of Perth - Carnarvon/Monkey Mia Launch
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
In February 2018 the Western Australian (WA) Government announced Regional Express (Rex) as the successful tenderer to operate the Regular Public Transport (RPT) air services on the Perth – Carnarvon/Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) route. Rex has today announced that it has entered into historic 5 year partnership agreements with the Shire of Carnarvon and RAC, the owners of Carnarvon and Shark Bay airports, to provide the Rex Community Fare scheme through until 30 June 2023.

Rex Announces Reduction in Mt Gambier to Adelaide Services
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Regional Express (Rex) has today announced that it will be reducing services between Mt Gambier and Adelaide in a bid to better utilise scarce resources amid a global pilot shortage causing widespread disruption across all levels of the aviation industry.

Rex Announces Community Fare for Orange
Friday, 11 May 2018
Regional Express (Rex) and the City of Orange have entered into a 5 year partnership agreement through until 30 June 2023. The historic agreement will see the introduction of a Rex Community Fare, as well as 5 return services Monday to Friday each week between Orange and Sydney for the 5 year term of the agreement.

Rex Calls on Federal and State Government to Be Discerning In Funding Regional Airport Refurbishment
Monday, 7 May 2018
Rex has seen its operating costs increase significantly, particularly with the costs imposed by Local Government for the essential use of regional airports. The most significant factor contributing to the escalating airport charges has come about by spending on regional airports to construct excessive facilities. Rex calls on Federal and State Governments to be discerning in funding for regional airport refurbishments.

Rex Selected to Operate Perth - Carnarvon - Monkey Mia Route
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
The Western Australian (WA) 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.

Rex Releases First Half FY1718 Results
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
The Regional Express (Rex) Group today announced its first half financial year 2018 (1H FY18) results.

Rex Regrets Cairns Airport Position on Community Fare
Monday, 29 January 2018
Regional Express (Rex) is responding to the position taken by Cairns Airport as reported in The North West Star on 23 January 2018

Rex Announces Community Fare for Mount Isa - Cairns Route
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Regional Express (Rex) has today announced the introduction of a new “Rex Community Fare” Scheme for the direct Mount Isa – Cairns route.

Rex Recognises Long Term Partnership with Parkes Shire Council
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Regional Express (Rex) has today given due recognition to Parkes Shire Council for the longstanding partnership that has existed between the two parties since 2003. Today Rex has unveiled a Rex Saab 340 aircraft in special “Parkes” livery, as well as introducing a new $99 Rex Community Fare scheme between Parkes and Sydney. The Rex aircraft in unique Parkes livery was unveiled today as it operated the “Rex Hound Dog Express” (Flight ZL524) from Sydney to the Rex sponsored Parkes Elvis Festival. This followed special Elvis inspired celebrations held at the Rex Lounge at Sydney airport prior to departure.

Rex Increases Flights Between Orange and Sydney
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Regional Express (Rex) has today announced an increase in the number of weekday flights between Orange and Sydney from four return services to five return services with effect from 29 January 2018.

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