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Virgin Australia increases flights between Brisbane and key regional cities

28/09/2012

In response to strong corporate demand, Virgin Australia will increase flights between Brisbane and key regional cities Emerald, Newcastle and Rockhampton.

Additional services between Brisbane and Emerald will commence on 29 October 2012, while from 12 November 2012 new flights will commence between Brisbane and Newcastle and also Brisbane and Rockhampton.

Virgin Australia Group Executive Alliances, Network and Yield Merren McArthur, said: “Demand from the corporate and resources sectors for more flights for each of these key regional cities has been strong; so we are very pleased to be increasing air services linking Emerald, Newcastle and Rockhampton to Brisbane.”

“Not only are we providing more choice of flight times but we have adjusted schedules to provide better onward domestic and international connections beyond Brisbane. For example, people wanting to travel from Newcastle to Los Angeles, will be able to enjoy a seamless connection onto our weekday direct service from Brisbane to Los Angeles,” Ms McArthur said.

From 29 October, week day services between Brisbane and Emerald will increase from three to four per day. Sunday services will increase from two to three and a flight will also be introduced on Saturdays for the first time.

The additional flight times will be:

  • Brisbane to Emerald: depart 10:00am; arrive 11:55am Monday-Friday and Sunday
  • Brisbane to Emerald: depart 8:55am; arrive 10:50am Saturday only
  • Emerald to Brisbane: depart 12:25pm; arrive 2:10pm Monday-Friday and Sunday
  • Emerald to Brisbane: depart 11.20am; arrive 1.05pm Saturday only

These services will be operated by ATR-72 turboprop aircraft, adding 950 seats per week to the route.

From 12 November, weekday services between Brisbane and Newcastle will increase from two to three per day. Weekend services will remain at two per day.

In response to customer feedback, the flight times for the new services on this route will be:

  • Brisbane to Newcastle: depart 6:00am; arrive 8.20am Monday-Friday
  • Newcastle to Brisbane: depart 8:50 am; arrive 9:00am (local) Monday-Friday

These services will be operated by Fokker 100 aircraft, adding 1,000 seats per week to the route.

From 12 November, flight frequency between Brisbane and Rockhampton will increase from seven to eight every weekday, with the addition of a new peak afternoon service.

The additional flight times will be:

  • Brisbane to Rockhampton: depart 4:45pm; arrive 6:20pm Monday-Friday and Sunday
  • Rockhampton to Brisbane: depart 6:50pm; arrive 8:20pm Monday-Friday and Sunday

These services will be operated by ATR-72 turboprop aircraft, adding 500 seats per week to the route.