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Virgin Blue Boosts Services to W.A.

19/04/2002

People Go Wild For Low Fares To The West

Virgin Blue has announced it will double the frequency of Perth flights to and from Melbourne, following growing demand from both business and leisure travellers.


The Melbourne-Perth route will be increased from one to two return flights a day with an additional morning service from Melbourne.


Perth-based guests will be able to take advantage of an additional lunchtime departure to Melbourne that offers a convenient early evening arrival into the Victorian capital, increasing not just flight options but also the number of everyday low fares available for flights across the Nullabour.


Virgin Blue Guests have also overwhelmingly requested connecting options to Perth from both Brisbane and Sydney and Virgin Blue has responded to their needs by introducing the connections to the West Coast on the new flights.


Spokesperson, Amanda Bolger said, We are responding to the obvious need to increase capacity on the Perth-Melbourne route in light of the fact that the service has proved hugely popular since the launch late last year. More importantly, the demand has continued to rise giving us the confidence to increase our Perth frequencies.


In light of the encouraging support we’ve had from our Guests, we are eager to commit more resources to Perth and the 50% increase in frequencies will mean more people can take advantage of Virgin Blue’s great fares and great service.


Virgin Blue launched its Perth routes in December last year and since then more than 80,000 people have seized the opportunity to travel between the East and West Coasts whether it be for work or play, or simply because they can afford to.


Amanda Bolger continued, We are focussed on increasing frequencies on our existing high demand routes to allow for more flexibility and choice, therefore allowing us to steadily expand our route network across Australia and overseas as more brand new Virgin Blue aircraft are introduced into service.


It’s a very exciting growth period for Virgin Blue and we will continue to respond to market demands, both in terms of expanding services on existing routes and launching new non-stop services. If the demand and long term support is there, Virgin Blue will look at fast-tracking our expansion plans she finished.


Virgin Blue currently services every State and Territory in the country with its fleet of 16 aircraft, including the brand new Next Generation Boeing 737 aircraft. Virgin Blue was recently named Best Low Cost Airline Australasia in the Skytrax Airline of The Year 2002 survey, the industry’s leading passenger survey.