Virgin Blue to Launch New Routes in Australia

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Monday, 16 February 2009

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 companys strategic review in 2008 which highlighted an opportunity for the airline to redeploy aircraft from underperforming markets onto other routes.

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 for travellers.

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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