QantasLink CEO: ‘This is a classic Rex tantrum’

    QantasLink CEO John Gissing, responding Regional Express’ (Rex) network announcement, stated (22-Feb-2021) “This is a classic Rex tantrum”, adding the carrier’s “idea of competition is that it’s something that happens to other people, because they believe they have an enshrined right to be the only carrier on some regional routes”. Mr Gissing said: “The fact is Rex is receiving millions of dollars in bespoke government assistance for its regional operations at the same time as it’s acquiring new aircraft to fly between capital cities”, and it “feels like Rex is trying to blame Qantas for other challenges they may be having”. Mr Gissing said the carrier does not commence new services if it does not believe they are commercially viable and plans to review its network “and consider whether we can offer services on any of the routes that Rex is threatening to pull out of”.

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