Qantas Responds
Statement on Rex network announcement
Published on 22nd February 2021

Comments from QantasLink CEO John Gissing:

This is a classic Rex tantrum.

Rex’s idea of competition is that it’s something that happens to other people, because they believe they have an enshrined right to be the only carrier on some regional routes.

The fact is Rex is receiving millions of dollars in bespoke government assistance for its regional operations at the same time as it’s acquiring new aircraft to fly between capital cities.

It feels like Rex is trying to blame Qantas for other challenges they may be having.

We don’t start routes if we don’t think they will be commercially viable for us.

We know that extra capacity and lower fares increases overall travel demand, which is good news for the regional communities we will be operating to.

We’ll be reviewing our network and consider whether we can offer services on any of the routes that Rex is threatening to pull out of.

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