Airline Regional Express (Rex) is offering cheaper airfares after signing a deal with Armidale Regional Council.
Rex has announced it will introduce the Rex Community Fare scheme between Armidale and Sydney, making Armidale the 39th regional centre to receive this community-focused initiative.
The Rex Community Fare between Armidale and Sydney will be priced at $119 one way. The fare usually costs between $159 and $191.
Rex's community fare scheme covers 30 per cent of its seats. The conditions include they must be purchased more than 30 days before departue, but it also applies to unsold seats in the 24 hours before take-off.
The scheme, which was first implemented by Rex in Western Australia on the Albany and Esperance routes to Perth, sees Rex partner with local councils who contribute to the discounted airfare by waiving taxes for the airline.
"Rex is proud of the success of the Community Fare scheme and the ongoing implementation on Rex routes throughout the network since its inception in 2016," David Brooksby, Rex National Airports Manager, said.
The Rex Community Fare for Armidale was made possible in partnership with the Armidale Regional Council, which sees the airline commit to the local service for five years.
"I would like to thank the Council for their cooperation in working with Rex to deliver this heavily discounted fare on the Armidale - Sydney route, which sees significant socio-economic benefit to the Armidale community and surrounding region", Mr Brooksby said.
Armidale mayor, Cr Simon Murray, said he was pleased that Rex had committed to a further five years of passenger services to the New England region.
"Rex has displayed a real and genuine commitment to our region, and now with the introduction of the Rex Community Fare into the marketplace there are further low-cost options for travel to and from Sydney," said Cr Murray.
"We have one of the best airport facilities in regional Australia and council will continue to advocate on behalf of the community for value for money and improved passenger services in our region."
The Rex Community Fare (Rex Promo) is available for purchase via www.rex.com.au with immediate effect.