Virgin Blue to increase frequency on Launceston - Sydney route

Travel News Asia 29 July 2004

Virgin Blue is to ramp up services between Launceston and the mainland with year round daily direct flights to Sydney commencing 4 September, as well as adding an additional afternoon service to Melbourne from 5 September.

The new and improved schedule represents a 100% increase in capacity with the airline effectively doubling the number of services and destinations to and from Launceston.

Virgin Blue spokeswoman, Amanda Bolger, said, We are delighted to be bringing more good news in the way of additional services and excellent connecting fare options to the travelling public of Tasmania, especially at a time when it is most needed.

Virgin Blue first introduced a seasonal non-stop service between Launceston and Sydney in December 2002 and the popularity of the route has given Virgin Blue the confidence to commit to continuing the flights every day of the year.

As well as benefiting the travelling public, the new daily services are expected to boost tourism to the region with affordable direct flights making Tassie a perfect choice for holiday-makers keen to enjoy spectacular wilderness and wildlife, sample some fine ales and wines, or indulge in the islands world class seafood.

Virgin Blue will operate its fleet of Boeing 737s on the route, adding more than 2200 seats a week in each direction.

Everyday fares between Launceston and Sydney start from A$95 one-way on the net, with A$305 one way on the net Flexi-Saver. 

The new service is scheduled for a mid-morning departure from Sydney and early afternoon return from Launceston.

Subscribe to our Travel Industry News RSS Feed Travel Industry News RSS Feed from To do that in Outlook, right-click the RSS Feeds folder, select Add a New RSS Feed, enter the URL of our RSS Feed which is: and click Add. The feed can also be used to add the headlines to your website or channel via a customisable applet. Have questions? Please read our Travel News FAQ. Thank you.

Copyright © 1997-2024