Australian regional carrier Regional Express (Rex) will be redeploying some of its Dubbo services to other New South Wales (NSW) regional centres that do not impose airport screening charges.
In April, it will reduce its frequency on the Dubbo-Sydney route from 82 to 73 times weekly, by reallocating some of its capacity to the Wagga Wagga-Sydney route, says the carrier.
The move comes after Dubbo city council decided to impose a A$9 screening charge on departing passengers. The requirement, adds Rex, is only legally applicable to services operated by QantasLink on Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.
"Rex had to respond to the significant screening charges being imposed by Dubbo airport as it represents a material step-change in operating costs of more than A$300,000 [$311,000] on an annualised basis," says its general manager for network strategy and sales.
"Such screening costs don't exist elsewhere in our NSW regional network, including at Wagga Wagga, where Rex also operates parallel services with QantasLink Q400 services on the Wagga Wagga to Sydney route."
Rex operates more than 40 Saab 340 aircraft to 36 destinations throughout the states of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland.