Pilot shortages behind Rex Airlines cuts to regional flights


Rex Airlines has cut flights on nine regional routes across Far North Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria blaming a shortage on pilots and engineers for the move.

The routes affected are:

  • Cairns-Bamaga
  • Sydney-Broken Hill
  • Broken Hill-Adelaide
  • Sydney-Wagga Wagga
  • Melbourne-Wagga Wagga
  • Mount Gambier-Melbourne
  • Whyalla-Adelaide
  • Port Lincoln-Adelaide
  • Ceduna-Adelaide

“These adjustments are necessitated by the chronic shortage of airline professionals, particularly pilots and engineers, as well as the severe disruption in the supply chain of aircraft and engine parts,” said Rex’s network strategy general manager Warrick Lodge.

“We do understand the impact these adjustments would have on the regional communities affected as Rex is the lifeline for these communities.

“We pledge that we will reinstate the services once the situation has stabilised.”