22 December 2017 © David Eyre
Regional Express (Rex) will take over Perth-Carnarvon-Monkey Mia (Shark Bay/Denham) services for five years, from 1 July 2018, replacing local operator Skippers Aviation.
The Western Australian Department of Transport regulates certain air routes to ensure they are regular, efficient and commercially viable, and Rex won the tender for this route.
Rex, which is headquartered in New South Wales, commenced flying in WA in February 2016, when it won the 5-year State Government tender for Perth to Albany and Perth to Esperance services, using Saab 340B aircraft. It currently bases three aircraft in Western Australia on rotation from its fleet of 53 Saab 340s.
Skippers Aviation currently uses Embraer 120 Brasilia and Bombardier Dash 8-100 aircraft on the Perth-Carnarvon-Monkey Mia route. Skippers has retained the contract for Perth-Northern Goldfields routes, including Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Wiluna.