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Virgin Blue Congratulates Canberra Airport



Virgin Blue today congratulated Canberra Airport on its planned multi-million dollar terminal redevelopment that is set to position the airport as one of the most modern and efficient in the country.

Virgin Blue has been in close consultation with Canberra Airport regarding the project and has thrown its full support behind the redevelopment right from the drawing board.

Virgin Blue General Manager, Ground Operations, Andrew Lillyman, said, “We offer a hearty congratulations to the team at Canberra Airport for committing to such a comprehensive and bold terminal overhaul and we very much look forward to continuing to work with them on it.”

The terminal redevelopment announcement comes hot on the heels of Virgin Blue’s recent additional commitment to Canberra with the opening in August of its brand new corporate Lounge facility for Guests travelling to and from the nation’s capital.

Virgin Blue also recently confirmed it will launch direct flights between Canberra and Sydney from February next year under the “Capital Jet” banner, operating eight daily services using the executive style Embraer E-Jets to provide competition on the key route.

The airline has repositioned itself from a traditional Low Cost Carrier to a New World Carrier, with this strategy proving instrumental in attracting an increasing share of business and Government travellers.

Andrew Lillyman continued, “These are progressive times for both Virgin Blue and Canberra Airport. The expansion plans for both the airport and the airline will mean more space for Virgin Blue to grow, a sleek new area for The Lounge to move to and a more comfortable and enjoyable environment for travellers.”

By 2009, Canberra Airport will become one of the most significant ports in the entire Virgin Blue network, with the airline almost doubling flights to the city. It will position Canberra just behind the mainline ports of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in terms of aircraft movement and capacity.


Multi award winning airline Virgin Blue and international carriers Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue currently operate a fleet of 60 modern Boeing 737 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 22 Australian and eight international destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.  Virgin Blue was the first airline in the world to launch a Government-certified carbon offset program, where Guests can offset the carbon emissions from their flights.  Virgin Blue Group has also announced plans to launch Australia's newest international airline, V Australia, set to commence flights between Australia and the USA from late 2008, subject to regulatory approvals