Virgin Australia ramps up capacity, brings back even more domestic flights

With the positive outlook of domestic travel in Australia, Virgin Australia has announced expanded capital city connections and frequencies on some key routes.

This includes more services between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, as well as the resumption of routes between Brisbane-Adelaide, Brisbane-Canberra, Brisbane-Perth, and Sydney-Perth.

The additional services will see Virgin Australia double current capacity by early July, aiming for around 30,000 additional seats across 320 domestic flights per week. And with increased mobility, comes a comprehensive bank of new safety and well being measures so travellers can fly with confidence.

“It’s early days but these services will be a welcomed boost to Australia’s tourism industry and help the nation’s economy and aviation sector to rebuild,” said Virgin Australia Group Chief Commercial Officer John MacLeod. “The services will also give us the opportunity to bring team members back to work, who I know have been looking forward to welcoming and sharing our award-winning customer service.”

The health measures introduced this week on all Virgin Australia flights align with similar precautions taken by airlines around the world, from health screenings before departure and contactless check-in, to increased cleaning schedules of aircraft and “expanded social distancing measures”.

Flights for travel up until 30th September can still be changed without any associated fees if necessary, maintaining flexibility as travellers start to get a feel of the ‘new normal.’

The below graphic indicates what Virgin Australia’s network will look like by 6th July, pending any other changes.

Most of the new services will have at least one flight per day, although some are coming back with only 2-4 flights per week. For all information about the changes head on over to the Virgin Australia website here.

Chris Singh

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