Regional Express (Rex) to take over Perth-Canarvon-Monkey Mia services from 1 July 2018

VH-ZLJ Saab 340B (MSN 340B-380) of Regional Express (Rex), at Perth Airport - 24 August 2017. Flight ZL2112 from Albany, on final approach to runway 21 at 7:35am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-ZLJ Saab 340B (MSN 340B-380) of Regional Express (Rex), at Perth Airport – 24 August 2017.
Flight ZL2112 from Albany, on final approach to runway 21 at 7:35am. Photo © David Eyre

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.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

2 thoughts on “Regional Express (Rex) to take over Perth-Canarvon-Monkey Mia services from 1 July 2018

  • February 5, 2018 at 9:11 am
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    Does anyone know if the flight times will be the same as with Skippers? As in will there be flights from Perth to Carnarvon on Saturdays?

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    • February 10, 2018 at 9:41 am
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      Would love to know too. I called Rex, they can’t release any details as they have not signed contract yet (as at 1 Feb). They are apparently still in negotiations with the government, so the frequency and schedule is not yet settled. They will be notifying me by email when details are released.
      Suggest you request the same from their Corporate Communications Officer:
      Jessica Makarewitsch
      jessica.makarewitsch@rex.com.au
      Ph 13 17 13

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