Region gets cheaper flights

PASSENGERS travelling on Regional Express flights between Port Lincoln and Adelaide will now have access to $109 flights.

Regional Express (Rex) and the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council have entered into a three-year growth incentive agreement until June 30 2022, that will see Rex introduce the highly successful Rex Community Fare scheme between Port Lincoln and Adelaide.

The Rex Community Fare between Port Lincoln and Adelaide is priced at $109 each way.

The fare will be available outside of 30 days before departure, subject to availability, and to remaining unsold seats within 24 hours of departure.

Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council mayor Jo-Anne Quigley said the partnership signed with Rex was an opportunity to reverse the trend of falling passenger numbers from Port Lincoln Airport and would benefit the travelling public wishing to connect between Port Lincoln and Adelaide.

"The Port Lincoln Airport remains the busiest regional airport in South Australia, with close to 170,000 passengers travelling to or from the airport each year," she said.

"Under the agreement Council has committed to a freeze on the passenger levy for the period of the agreement, while airlines benefit by making no payment to Council for passengers carried beyond a set threshold number."

Mrs Quigley described the partnership as being a progressive and strategic decision from the council following careful consideration of the impact on the airport and the benefit to the wider region.

She said the partnership agreement between was an exciting opportunity for the residents of the Lower Eyre Peninsula and would also benefit communities across Eyre Peninsula.

Rex network strategy and sales general manager Warrick Lodge said Rex understood the combination of fare affordability, flight frequency and reliability was something that delivered significant benefits to regional communities like Port Lincoln.

Rex operates 102 flights between Port Lincoln and Adelaide each week with up to eight return flights on week-days.

"The Rex timetable caters for the specific needs of the Port Lincoln community with the ability to undertake same-day return travel from both Port Lincoln and Adelaide," Mr Lodge said.

"The combination of Rex's extensive flight frequency, superior on-time-performance (92.4 per cent departure rate in FY19) and the $109 Rex Community Fare, will deliver significant socio-economic benefits to Port Lincoln and the surrounding districts."