Virgin Australia is launching new routes to Cairns, Darwin and Townsville, while also planning a broader boost to domestic flying across a host of existing routes.
Combined, the airline expects to add more than 700 additional flights to its weekly schedule by October this year.
New to the schedule will be:
- Sydney-Darwin, with seasonal daily flights from July 14
- Perth-Cairns, offering up to four weekly flights from July 26
- Sydney-Townsville, with three flights a week from July 27
- Adelaide-Cairns, with up to four flights a week from August 10
- Melbourne-Townsville, being three flights per week from August 17
“That's five new services which is fantastic, but we're also growing frequencies in markets we already serve,” observes Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka.
On the ‘Golden Triangle’ between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, each route gets a noticeable boost by October:
- Sydney-Melbourne rises from 130 to up to 163 weekly return flights
- Sydney-Brisbane increases from 76 to up to 104 weekly return flights
- Melbourne-Brisbane goes from 61 weekly return flights to up to 84 weekly returns
Other increases include Gold Coast flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide; Sunshine Coast from Sydney and Melbourne; Cairns services from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne; as well as flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island, Hobart and Launceston.
In addition, flights between Sydney and Hobart are also on the rise, as are services from Brisbane to Canberra, Mackay, Perth, Proserpine and Townsville.
Across routes new and existing, Virgin Australia will increase its domestic flying by 30%.