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Virgin Australia Enhances Travel to Mackay with Extra Flights and Brand New Lounge


Virgin Australia today announced enhancements to its Mackay service, including extra weekday flights between Mackay and Brisbane and the opening of its first-ever lounge at Mackay Airport.

On sale today for travel from 5 March 2012, the new service will see Virgin Australia operating a total of 78 flights per week between Mackay and Brisbane, which is the greatest frequency offered by any airline on this route.

Virgin Australia Group Executive of Product and Guest Services Martin Daley said: “Mackay is an extremely important market for Virgin Australia. Not only is it the gateway to some of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, it is also has a strong mining industry, which attracts corporate and government travellers.

“With the addition of the extra Mackay-Brisbane service, Virgin Australia now offers two more return daily services than any other airline on this route.

“We are also delighted to open our first ever lounge at Mackay Airport, which will enable us to provide a first-rate airport experience for business and leisure Guests. The space will offer distinct areas to relax, refuel and work, including business facilities, entertainment options and a Luke Mangan designed buffet.

“With our new lounge now opened, the availability of Business Class on all Brisbane-Mackay services from January 18 2012 and the introduction of Priority Boarding which also launched today, Guests of Virgin Australia can now enjoy an enhanced travel experience to and from Mackay”, Mr Daley said.

The new 260m2 lounge, which welcomes up to 70 guests features:

  • Business facilities including spacious work stations, WiFi, PCs and fax / copy / printer;
  • A private meeting room that seats up to eight;
  • Panasonic high definition flat screen television featuring AUSTAR and free-to-air programming;
  • Selection of magazine titles and daily newspapers;
  • Self service tea and coffee stations; and
  • A selection of beer and wine (from 11.00am daily).

Virgin Australia also operates a daily direct, return Sydney-Mackay service on Embraer aircraft.