Face masks mandatory on Rex flights from June 1

PROTECTION: From June 1 all Regional Express passengers must wear face masks on board flights.
PROTECTION: From June 1 all Regional Express passengers must wear face masks on board flights.

Regional Express has announced face masks will be mandatory for all passengers to provide extra protection against COVID-19.

The airline has announced face masks will be mandatory for all Rex flights from June 1.

Passengers are to use their own masks and those without masks can buy one at check-in.

Masks must be worn at check-in, boarding gates, during tarmac transfer (boarding and disembarkation) and while on the aircraft.

Passengers who refuse to wear a mask will be denied from boarding unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Rex national airports manager David Brooksby said as the country prepared to open borders and lift lockdowns vigilance was needed now more than ever to prevent a second wave of infections which would cause untold economic damage and misery to all communities.

"The health and safety of passengers and employees is paramount and we thank our passengers for putting up with the inconvenience as an act of consideration for our staff and other passengers," he said.

"Rex has already enforced significant changes to minimise the risk of infection, including the proactive and unprecedented measure of body temperature testing of passengers and employees.

"Since early March, Rex has endeavoured to space out seating allocation of all passengers to facilitate social distancing."