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Virgin Blue Launches New Direct Canberra – Adelaide Today

05/09/2003

Virgin Blue’s new daily direct service between Canberra and Adelaide will take off four weeks earlier than planned with the first flight to South Australia departing the ACT this afternoon^.


The flight is scheduled for a convenient early evening departure from Canberra to allow busy travellers to get the most out of their day before flying to Adelaide in time for dinner.


In true Virgin Blue style, Mid-Week Mini-Fares start from as little as $75* one-way on the net with a Fully Flexible fare of $269* one-way on the net, 43% cheaper than Qantas’s Fully Flexible fare of $471 one-way between the two cities.


The non-stop service is aimed at responding to market demand, further nurturing tourism and business opportunities for the two key destinations as well as expanding Virgin Blue’s route network out of Canberra.


Virgin Blue’s Head of Communications, David Huttner, said, “Virgin Blue’s decision to add even more direct services from Canberra is a direct result of the ongoing support from the local tourism industry and operators, as well as business and leisure travellers.”


He continued, “While the people of Canberra are enjoying Virgin Blue’s low fares and excellent service it’s a shame the Federal Government is reluctant to ensure that it gets better value for taxpayers' money through paying premium prices for air travel.”


Canberra travellers will also benefit with the launch of Virgin Blue’s second daily Canberra – Brisbane service and direct weekly flights to and from the Gold Coast, with both services set to take off from the ACT tomorrow, Saturday 6 September.


^ PLEASE NOTE: TODAY’S SPECIAL LAUNCH FLIGHT WILL DEPART CANBERRA AT 3.45PM. FROM
SEPTEMBER 6 THE DAILY DEPARTURE TIME WILL BE 5.45PM.

* Fares include all taxes and are for flights booked on the Internet. $10 more by phone. Mid-week Mini-Fares are for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. Fares are subject to availability and may not be available on all flights or peak days.