VHMHS wrote:A350OZ wrote:qf789 wrote:REX to withdraw from 5 more routes with another 2 potentially to go as well
The ones going are
Adelaide to Kangaroo island
Sydney to Bathurst, Grafton, Lismore and Ballina
https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... &fs=e&s=cl
I thought they left KI already a while ago? Remember there was some media uproar. Or was that QFLink?
They said they were going to pull out, however reversed their decision, but now appear to have re-revered their decision and are now pulling out again.
Bathurst to Orange Airport is just a 40 minute drive, so the competition at Orange has decimated Bathurst flights
Same goes for Lismore to Ballina Airport, REX put on a late arrival and early morning departure to/from Ballina, matched by QFLink
Grafton was tagged with Lismore, so that's gone as well
Kangaroo Is was direct competition along with Albury to Melbourne
So REX are correct in what they claim
QF are bullies
They have deep pockets
Would they have gone down this path if REX did not start up 737 operations ?
One needs to understand that REX were between a rock and a hard place when it seemed like VA was gonski
Without the flow of passengers from REX to VA onward and the same in reverse REX would have been vulnerable
Passengers wanting eg. Armidale to Melbourne would just go over to QF
So REX kind of had to do something, then VA got a second life and REX were likely too far in to pull out....