Not all re­gional flights are equal

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way to get the state govern­ment to get this scheme pump­ing cash into the com­mu­nity, where it be­longs. I KNOW that peo­ple liv­ing in re­gional NSW have to put up with pay­ing pre­mi­ums to air­lines like Re­gional Ex­press, but more than $500 for a flight from Dubbo to Syd­ney when they can fly you from Parkes to Syd­ney for just $99? Come on!

That hap­pened this week and so I asked REX me­dia for the rea­son. Here’s their re­sponse:

Dear John,

Thank you for your en­quiry. Dubbo res­i­dents are not be­ing charged ex­or­bi­tant prices for flights com­pared to other re­gional cen­tres.

In part­ner­ship with the Shire of Parkes, Rex in­tro­duced a $99 Rex com­mu­nity fare be­tween Parkes and Syd­ney that sees the com­mu­nity fare made avail­able out­side of 30 days prior to de­par­ture sub­ject to avail­abil­ity, in ad­di­tion to all re­main­ing un­sold seats be­ing made avail­able within one day prior to de­par­ture.

The Rex Com­mu­nity Fare scheme is ef­fec­tive un­til June 30, 2022, which mir­rors the five-year term of the part­ner­ship agree­ment be­tween Rex and Parkes Shire Coun­cil.

In ad­di­tion to the col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach that ex­ists be­tween Rex and the Shire of Parkes, it also costs Rex more than three times more per pas­sen­ger to use Dubbo air­port than it does to use Parkes air­port and this is re­flected in the fully in­clu­sive price as paid by the

A uteload of re­cy­clables parked out­side the court­house.

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