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TRADE RELEASE 20 March 2018
 
Virgin Australia Announce Services between Brisbane and Alice Springs
 

Virgin Australia is pleased to announce it will commence services between Brisbane and Alice Springs, increasing its regional domestic network offering.

From 19 June 2018, Virgin Australia will operate a twice-weekly return service on Tuesdays and Thursdays under a wet lease agreement with Alliance Airlines (Alliance), operated by Alliance’s Fokker 100 and Fokker 70 fleet of aircraft.

Speaking at the Routes Asia 2018 conference in Brisbane, Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive Rob Sharp said the new services will provide greater flexibility for guests travelling to Central Australia.

“Virgin Australia is pleased to be building upon our presence in the Queensland and Northern Territory markets.

“We are committed to connecting guests based in regional areas with Australia and the rest of the world. These services will not only strengthen our domestic network offering and increase competition on this route, but they will also provide better connectivity to international destinations such as New Zealand,” Mr Sharp said.

The CEO of Northern Territory Airports, Mr Ian Kew, said the new services will help to boost tourism growth in Alice Springs.

“These new services will not only provide guests with more choice, they will also play a key role in attracting more tourists to Alice Springs, which in turn will drive economic growth in our region,” Mr Kew said.

Services between Brisbane and Rockhampton, currently operated by Alliance’s Fokker 100 fleet, will also benefit with Virgin Australia upgrading two existing return flights to its Boeing 737 aircraft, adding over 300 seats per week in to the region.

Flights between Brisbane and Alice Springs are on sale now and can be booked through your Global Distribution System (GDS) and at www.virginaustralia.com.

Brisbane - Alice Springs Schedule

Flt Number Route Dep/Arr Day of the week
VA1023 BNE-ASP 1015/1305 Tuesday and Thursday
VA1026 ASP-BNE 1340/1700 Tuesday and Thursday
 
 
Virgin Australia Adds 33,000 Extra Seats to help Sporting Fans Get to the
Gold Coast
 

Virgin Australia today announced it has added over 33,000 seats for sporting fans planning to travel to and from the Gold Coast between 26 March and 22 April. Passengers will now have more choice and flexibility when booking their flights, with additional flights having been added between the Gold Coast and:

• Adelaide
• Canberra
• Melbourne
• Sydney

Virgin Australia General Manager Revenue and Network Management, Russell Shaw said, “We’re pleased to have increased our flights to cater to the demand for one of the biggest and most exciting global sporting events.

“There are more than half a million people planning to travel to the Gold Coast during this time and we’re delighted to have added thousands of extra seats to our schedule for fans to cheer on the athletes,” Mr Shaw said.

Virgin Australia will continue to monitor customer demand during this period. Flights are on sale now through your Global Distribution System (GDS) and at www.virginaustralia.com.

 
 
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