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Regional Express and Qantas exchange barbs over expansion and Melbourne to Albury route | The Border Mail



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Qantas is confident its eight-flight service between Albury and Melbourne will be commercially viable, despite its rival transporting an average of just nine passengers per flight this summer. Rex’s deputy chairman John Sharp described the airline’s current monthly passenger numbers as ‘laughable’ and said Qantas was undertaking ‘predatory behaviour’ by launching services on a number of routes previously only flown by Rex, including Melbourne to Albury. Qantaslink chief executive John Gissing said the company doesn’t “start routes if we don’t think they will be commercially viable for us”, highlighting the increased competition would benefit regional communities. “We know that extra capacity and lower fares increases…

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