Cheaper Airfares for Albany and Esperance

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10 July 2017

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Regional Express (Rex) and the City of Albany have entered into a milestone three year
partnership agreement that will see the continuation of the Rex Community Fare through
until 30 June 2020. This follows a similar agreement made with the Shire of Esperance
which was signed in May.

Never before have Albany and Esperance seen such incredibly low fares of $129 made
possible through the Community Fare scheme. This Community Fare is available for
bookings made at least 60 days prior to departure subject to availability, in addition to all
unsold seats within 24 hours prior to departure.

Warrick Lodge, Rex General Manager Network Strategy & Sales said, “We have already
seen 16,000 Community Fares sold just in the first full year of the trial of the scheme. This
accounts for some 15% of the total passenger numbers travelling on the Albany and
Esperance to Perth routes and represents cost savings of more than $1,264,000 per year
for the two communities based on the prevailing average fares. We believe that the take-up
rate will be even stronger in the years ahead, and this will make a significant socioeconomic
contribution to the local communities and to the state of Western Australia.”

“This is the first time that Rex, and for that matter regional aviation in Australia, has
undertaken such a revolutionary initiative to make regional air travel really affordable for the
discretionary and leisure traveller. When the State Government awarded Rex the rights to
operate the Albany and Esperance to Perth routes commencing from February 2016, we
said that we would do something special for the community. We are glad that we have been
able to keep our promise and we hope to be able to do more in the years ahead.”

The Rex Community Fare (Rex Promo) is available for sale via www.rex.com.au
Regional Express (Rex) is Australia’s largest independent regional airline operating a fleet
of more than 50 Saab 340 aircraft on some 1,500 weekly flights to 58 destinations
throughout all states in Australia. In addition to the regional airline Regional Express, the
Rex Group comprises wholly owned subsidiaries Pel-Air Aviation (air freight and charter
operator), Air Link (Dubbo-based regional airline) and the Australian Airline Pilot
Academy.

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