Port Hedland has been earmarked as Virgin Blue’s
newest destination, with the airline announcing plans to begin
servicing the West Australian mining community with direct flights
from Perth to Port Hedland from 4 August 2009.
Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches said Virgin Blue’s decision to fly
to this West Australian mining
community brings more
competition to the route and more choice for Western Australian
“Currently, only one airline operates flights
between Perth and Port Hedland and the introduction of
service by Virgin Blue means that travellers can expect more
competitively priced fares and
greater flexibility when
travelling within Western Australia.
The new Virgin Blue
service from Perth to Port Hedland will operate seven days a week
Airport’s Domestic Terminal 3.
of the new service comes at a time when Perth Airport embarks on
redevelopment of the roads, forecourt and walkways at
the Domestic Terminals.
Improvements include streamlining the
roads, introducing a new passenger pick up and drop off point,
widening the footpath in front of the terminals, new undercover
walkways and doubling the size of the current taxi pick up
area. Completion of the works is expected in early 2010.
Virgin Blue will operate a daily service
between the WA capital and Port Hedland using the modern executive
style Embraer Jet aircraft which are tailored to suit the needs of
Virgin Blue Chief Executive,
Brett Godfrey, said, “We are very pleased to be adding Port
Hedland to Virgin Blue’s extensive route network. We visited WA
late last year and made a pledge to focus more on regional WA and
today’s announcement is honouring part of that pledge.”
Blue is offering a special launch fare of
A$99 one way between Port Hedland and Perth. The special
fare is on sale now until midnight 5 July 2009 for
travel between 4 August–10 December 09.
Virgin Blue will offer connecting
flights between Port Hedland and Melbourne, Sydney and
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