REX Airlines has adjusted its rural network, announcing changes to nine routes across four states, and the suspension of another.
The changes will be implemented from next week, with the Adelaide-Mildura service suspended, and flights on routes in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland reduced and/or rescheduled.
Affected routes include Adelaide to Broken Hill, Ceduna, Port Lincoln, & Whyalla, Sydney to Broken Hill & Wagga Wagga, Melbourne to Mt Gambier & Wagga Wagga, and Cairns to Bamaga.
Rex did not note which routes are being reduced or rescheduled, but said the adjustments are necessary, due to a chronic shortage of airline professionals, particularly pilots and engineers.
The severe disruption in Rex’s supply chain of aircraft and engine parts also necessitated the changes, General Manager Network Strategy Warwick Lodge said.
“We do understand the impact these adjustments would have on the regional communities affected as Rex is the lifeline for these communities,” he said.
“We pledge that we will reinstate the services once the situation has stabilised.”