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Virgin Blue Gets Down To Business By Announcing More Flights For Tasmania





Virgin Blue is continuing its campaign to offer more direct low fare options, today confirming plans to launch additional flights between Hobart–Sydney, Hobart-Melbourne and Launceston-Melbourne just in time for the peak travel period to and from Tasmania.

Just three months after starting flights between Hobart and Sydney an extra daily service will be added to the schedule commencing 5 December 2004.

The new flight will appeal to both business and leisure travellers who will now be able to make a day return trip between the two capital ports taking advantage of the early morning service from Hobart to Sydney and evening southbound return. It further compliments the existing Virgin Blue flight which departs Sydney mid-morning and returns from Hobart at lunchtime, ideal for the leisure travel market.

Chief Commercial Officer, Stefan Pichler, said, “The people of Tasmania have been loyal and supportive of Virgin Blue from day one and we are staunchly committed to making sure we continue to listen to the needs of both business and leisure travellers. It’s been made clear to us that Tasmanian based business Guests want more options and are prepared to get behind the airline that gives them not only low fares, but also true and committed customer service. We take Tasmania seriously and these additional flights are indicative of our confidence in this market.”

He continued, “The new flight simply allows corporate travellers to get to Sydney, do their business and then get home again to sleep in their own bed which saves both money and time. For leisure Guests, it’s yet another flight option to choose from which is all about convenience and choice.”

Guests will also be able to take advantage of additional connections to Cairns, Coffs Harbour, the Gold Coast and Townsville via Sydney to compliment connections already available via Virgin Blue’s other direct services to both Brisbane & Melbourne.

In addition to the doubling of service on Hobart-Sydney, the airline will also add a fifth daily service on selected days between Melbourne and Hobart for Tasmania’s peak travel period. The new service will operate on Thursday, Friday and Sunday providing a late evening travel option between 4 November 2004 and 26 March 2005.

As well as the increase in capacity to and from Hobart and following strong support from travellers, Virgin Blue will also offer a fourth weekday service between Launceston and Melbourne effective 1 November 2004. This follows continued strong support from travellers in both cities following a successful trial of a fourth frequency in September and October.

The additional flight means that in less than six months the low fare airline has gone from two to five services Monday to Friday ex-Launceston, serving Melbourne four times each weekday and Sydney daily.

The revised schedule includes (* denotes new service):

Everyday low fares start from $99^ one way on the net

Everyday low fares start from $69^ one way on the net

Everyday low fares start from $69^ one way on the net

^ All fares are for flights booked on the Internet. $10 more by phone. Fares are subject to availability and may not be available on all flights or peak days.