Virgin Australia will launch direct flights between Perth and the Gold Coast from mid-December, albeit with a few caveats.
The flights will run just twice a week, and across a seasonal roster from 13 December 2018 to 26 January 2019 rather than being a year-around service.
Those flights will run on the workhorse Boeing 737-800 rather than Virgin's larger and more comfortable Airbus A330, although this will at least offer inflight Internet across the 4½ journey.
Virgin's two-tier WiFi system will see passengers able to tap into a free connection at around 1Mbps (sufficient for simple Web browsing, email and social media) or pay for a higher-speed service rated "at up to 13Mbps for higher-bandwidth applications such as video streaming and downloading large files or attachments," the airline says.
Jetstar is the only other airline flying directly between the two cities, and Virgin no doubt hopes that its positioning as a more premium airline will attract its share of higher-paying customers.
Business class passengers plus Platiinum and Gold frequent flyers at either end of Virgin Australia's newest route will enjoy entry into the Virgin lounges at the Gold Coast...
... and Perth.