Regional Express and Virgin Australia have unveiled huge discounts on flights between Sydney and Melbourne.
Country carrier Rex has revealed one-way flights starting at $39 between the two major cities.
Virgin Australia shortly after announced it would offer fares at the same price.
Fares from Sydney’s Kingsford Smith or Melbourne’s Tullamarine airports will be discounted up to August 28 and include luggage and refreshments.
The airline flagged that the sale tickets were cheaper than catching a bus.
Camera IconRex will offer $39 flights between Melbourne and Sydney. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE Credit: News Corp Australia
Deputy Rex chairman John Sharp said the sale would boost tourist numbers between the two major cities, which missed out on the federal government’s discounted tickets measure designed to stimulate the travel industry.
“Peak tourism bodies reported yesterday that flagship stimulus programs from state and
federal governments have not benefited Melbourne and Sydney,” Mr Sharp said.
“I believe this initiative will single-handedly revive a moribund travel and hospitality industry
Mr Sharp noted Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar were likely to play “copycat” and also reduce fares on these routes…