King Island Council and Regional Express (Rex) announced (26-Sep-2018) negotiations will commence on a long term partnership agreement to secure Island access. King Island Council agreed to place the increase of its airport charges for all airlines on hold until 01-Apr-2019 to facilitate the negotiation of these long term partnership agreements. Rex will reinstate its Tuesday and Wednesday service from Melbourne Tullamarine to King Island from 30-Oct-2018 and will operate through until the end of Mar-2019. The commitment comes after both parties expressed their willingness to work together on a longer term solution, with support from the Tasmanian Government and facilitated by Tourism Tasmania CEO John Fitzgerald. Both Rex and Council further welcomed the commitment from Tourism Tasmania to develop a marketing campaign aimed at generating additional demand for interstate travel to the Island. Negotiations with all Regular Public Transport and freight airlines servicing the Island will commence imminently, with the support of the Tasmanian Government.