Virgin Blue is to launch five brand new services
between a number of ports on its network including daily return flights
between Canberra - Hobart, Canberra - Townsville, Townsville - Gold Coast,
Townsville - Rockhampton as well as Townsville - Cairns. The new services
will all commence from Monday 6 April.
The new flights are a result of the company’s
strategic review in 2008 which highlighted an opportunity for the
airline to redeploy aircraft from under–performing markets onto
Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey,
said, “Like all businesses, in these challenging times we need to
keep our finger on the pulse and position our resources where they
are most needed.
“The redeployment of some of our Embraer
fleet to previously un-serviced routes is great news for these
ports, in particular Townsville which has jagged four out of the
five new services, because it means more convenient, regular and
affordable direct air services which will provide plenty of choice
It is the first time since Virgin Blue
launched in 2000 that the airline will offer flights between
regional centres (Townsville – Cairns Townsville – Rockhampton and
Townsville – Gold Coast).
Fittingly, Townsville was also the very
first regional centre the airline launched services to in March
2001 and will be the first port to be directly connected by Virgin
Blue to not one, but three, other regional centres.
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