Additional weekly return flights between Albany and Perth have been announced as part of a three-month trial of additional regional services. Regional Express Airlines (REX) will provide four more services between Albany and Perth each week. Additional flights will be added to REX’s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday schedules so that every weekday will now have four return services. An additional Sunday return service has also been added to the schedule. Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the State Government was committed to working with its aviation partners to ensure regional communities had access to affordable, efficient and effective air services. “This is a show of goodwill by Rex Airlines to these communities that have been impacted by recent flight disruptions and responds to the surging demand for air services in these regions,” she said. Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens said the announcement was fantastic news for residents and acknowledged there had been “recent challenges with air travel to and from Albany”. “Albany locals need to travel to Perth regularly for a whole range of reasons and having more flights will provide greater flexibility, while our capped airfare scheme ensures we’re not paying a premium for those flights,” she said. In March, REX announced it had deployed additional resources to WA to bolster the performance of its flights between Albany and Perth. At the time a REX spokesman acknowledged there had been a “difficult operating environment” during February but there had been an “immediate impact” after more resources were brought to WA. Additional weekly flights have also been added to the route between Perth and Esperance as part of the trial, which will run until the end of June. WA’s regional air routes are regulated by the State Government. A tender process is underway to determine which airline will have exclusive rights to the Albany-Perth route once the REX contract expires in October. The outcome of the tender process is expected to be announced in the first half of 2023.