ACT travellers can book flights from today to Melbourne for as low as $69 one-way with Rex Airlines, including the high-demand Christmas holiday period.
Rex is marking the reopening of its domestic network from 15 November by launching a sale that includes a range of fares with no Christmas holiday blackout dates.
The domestic network-wide sale with no Christmas blackout period also extends to regional holiday destinations within NSW.
Flights from Canberra to Melbourne will be on sale at $69 until 14 November for travel up to 30 April 2022.
Rex will also re-start Sydney-Canberra, Sydney-Port Macquarie and Sydney-Coffs Harbour, initially with three daily return flights and fares from $99 one way, again without Christmas holiday restrictions.
The $99 fare with no blackout dates is also available from Sydney to a range of NSW regional centres, including Albury, Armidale, Dubbo, Griffith, Orange, Merimbula, Moruya and Wagga Wagga.
Flights to the Gold Coast from Sydney and Melbourne will re-start on 17 December.
Rex Deputy Chairman John Sharp said the sale without holiday restrictions was unprecedented.
“Rex’s decision not to blackout school holidays across our network is unprecedented and I would urge travellers to book without delay as these sale fares will undoubtedly sell out quickly,” Mr Sharp said.
“The resumption of our flights will provide a much-needed boost to capital city and regional economies alike, help re-connect friends and families and allow Christmas holidays to be booked with confidence.”
Mr Sharp expected competitors to copy the ground-breaking initiative.
“Rex will once again have triggered a seismic change in the aviation industry which will benefit hundreds of thousands of passengers,” he said.
Rex bookings carry a Refund Guarantee policy against any COVID-related disruptions, and all front-line staff, including pilots and flights attendants, are fully vaccinated.
The major airlines are ramping up operations as COVID-19 restrictions ease and borders reopen.
Qantas and Jetstar said last week they were preparing to ramp up capacity between Melbourne and Sydney as quarantine-free travel is set to resume between Australia’s two largest cities.
When the Victorian and NSW borders open on 1 November to fully vaccinated travellers, Qantas and Jetstar will operate up to 18 return flights per day, increasing to up to 37 return flights per day by Christmas.
Additional capacity will be added on other routes to and from Sydney and Melbourne as restrictions are lifted by other states and territories.
Virgin Australia said it would continue reviewing its schedule and adding flights in line with demand as travel restrictions ease.