REGIONAL Express (Rex) has confirmed it will reduce services between Mount Gambier and Adelaide to “better utilise scarce resources”.
Earlier this week, the airline claimed criticisms by local officials of its performance were unfounded, unjustified and unfair and threatened to cut back flights to the city as a result.
It has now announced it will cut five return weekly services between Mount Gambier and Adelaide until further notice.
It will cut the Monday and Thursday 6.55am flights from Adelaide and 8.25am flights from Mount Gambier.
The Wednesday, Thursday and Friday flights departing Adelaide at 5.10pm and Mount Gambier at 6.40pm will also be axed.
The remaining 36 flights per week operated between Mount Gambier and Adelaide will provide approximately 61,000 seats per year.
Rex claims this is more than sufficient to cater to the 47,000 annual passengers on the route.