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Virgin Australia Increases Weekday Services between Perth and Karratha


Virgin Australia today announced that it will increase direct services between Perth and the Pilbara town of Karratha in Western Australia as a result of strong demand from the mining and resources industry.

From 1 July 2013, three weekly return services will be added between Perth and Karratha. These additional weekday services will be operated by Virgin Australia’s 98-seat Embraer 190 jet aircraft as part of Virgin Australia’s regional growth strategy, building on the recent acquisition of Skywest Airlines.

The new services will depart Perth at 6.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday arriving in Karratha at 8.05am.

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines Group Executive, Merren McArthur said: “Karratha is one of the fastest growing mining towns in Australia and these new flights from Perth are being added in response to strong demand.

“We have listened to our customers and they were asking for additional frequencies, particularly in the morning peaks. With these additional services Virgin Australia will offer 34 flights per week between Perth and Karratha.”

“Following the recent integration of Skywest Airlines into the Virgin Australia Group, we now have a strong West Australian base and focus which enables us to quickly identify and respond to growth opportunities in the region, particularly in the high-growth fly-in-fly-out markets. We will continue to review market demand and look forward to growing our regional services right across Australia”, Ms McArthur said.

Virgin Australia’s newly enhanced regional operation currently has 32 aircraft operating over 800 services per week to 41 different destinations.

Virgin Australia offers competitive airfares on the Perth-Karratha route with fares starting from $269 one-way1.


*Times and prices correct at time of publication
1Includes taxes. If paying by credit card or debit card a Booking and Service Fee of $7.70 per person per booking is applicable for all flights within Australia.