Regional Express and Virgin Australia have unveiled huge discounts on flights between Sydney and Melbourne.
Country carrier Rex has revealed one-way flights starting at $39 between the two major cities.
Virgin Australia shortly after announced it would offer fares at the same price.
Fares from Sydney’s Kingsford Smith or Melbourne’s Tullamarine airports will be discounted up to August 28 and include luggage and refreshments.
The airline flagged that the sale tickets were cheaper than catching a bus.
Rex will offer $39 flights between Melbourne and Sydney. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKESource:News Corp Australia
Deputy Rex chairman John Sharp said the sale would boost tourist numbers between the two major cities, which missed out on the federal government’s discounted tickets measure designed to stimulate the travel industry.
“Peak tourism bodies reported yesterday that flagship stimulus programs from state and
federal governments have not benefited Melbourne and Sydney,” Mr Sharp said.
“I believe this initiative will single-handedly revive a moribund travel and hospitality industry
in the two cities.”
Mr Sharp noted Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar were likely to play “copycat” and also reduce fares on these routes.
Regional Express (Rex) deputy chairman John Sharp said the sale would boost tourist numbers between the two major cities. Picture: Britta Campion / The AustralianSource:News Corp Australia
“Our honest prices also include our honest practices. We are the only major airline that
has fully refunded all flights disrupted by COVID without resorting to disingenuous
delaying tactics,” he said.
The Rex figurehead also slammed Qantas over its COVID-19 refund policy, saying the airline has more than $5bn worth of tickets waiting to be refunded.
“All the other major airlines simply do not have the cash to refund all the tickets that are
entitled for a refund,” Mr Sharp said.
“Qantas, for example, has over $5bn worth of tickets on their books, most of which are due for a refund, and its unencumbered cash is a tiny fraction of that.”
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