Capital idea: Rex beefs up competition with new Melbourne route

Rex has announced it will start twice daily flights between Brisbane and Melbourne as it chases market share in the “golden triangle”.

Nov 15, 2021, updated Nov 15, 2021
Rex Airlines will start flying to Brisbane in December (Rex Airlines image)

Rex Airlines will start flying to Brisbane in December (Rex Airlines image)

The airline said Brisbane would become the fifth capital in its network as it seeks to compete with Qantas and Virgin on the Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne routes.

The Melbourne to Brisbane routes will begin on December 17, the day the State Government has said will be when it opens its borders. The twice a day flights will run Monday to Friday with once a day flight on weekends.

Travellers will be able to book seats for $79 one way and Rex has said the airline would not “black out” the Christmas season from the specials.

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Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the decision was good news for the tourism sector and for family reunions.

“We know there is pent-up demand among Victorians for a Queensland summer holiday getaway and today’s announcement by Rex opens new options,” he said.


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