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A regional airline has complained to the consumer watchdog about Qantas “dumping excess capacity” on some routes, making some of its services unviable.

Regional Express Airlines – better known as Rex – told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission it will highlight Qantas’ behaviour on three routes: Adelaide to Whyalla, Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and the Sydney-Ballina service.

Rex says it will stop services to Kangaroo Island and Ballina in coming weeks due to a downturn in demand.

Rex says it will stop services to Kangaroo Island and Ballina in coming weeks due to a downturn in demand.Credit:Kate Callas

The airline says it has decided to stop services to Ballina and Kangaroo Island in the coming weeks due to a downturn in demand, claiming Qantas has gone beyond competing on merits.

“Rex has to face up to the reality that it is not able to match Qantas’ financial firepower and, unlike Qantas, Rex is not able to continue servicing a money-losing route indefinitely,” the company said in a statement on Monday.