REX trims Mount Gambier flights

REGIONAL Express (Rex) flight services in Mount Gambier will be scaled back until a revised schedule is developed.

A Rex spokesperson said flight services were operating, but may be subject to schedule changes in order to meet a reduced passenger demand of 85pc amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The spokesperson said the schedule would take into account passenger number loads, as well as discussions with local and State Governments.

Last month, Rex announced it would slash the Mount Gambier to Adelaide route from 18 return services a week to 12.

Four days later, the company said it would cease all passenger air services, despite the Federal Government pledging a $715m airline rescue package.

The Federal Government launched a second fund, which will ensure the existing network is maintained, albeit at a reduced capacity.

The Rex spokesperson said the review of operations would also be subject to the Federal Government’s assistant package.

“Discussions with local and State Governments to cement a revised skeleton schedule, which will provide crucial air services are ongoing,” the spokesperson said.

“A further announcement will be made once the details are finalised with the relevant government authorities.”