In just a few weeks time, Virgin Australia will become the first airline to introduce direct services between Hobart and Perth, opening up a necessary connection between two of Australia’s fastest growing cities. The airline will fly the thrice-weekly return service on a Boeing 737, providing travellers with better and easier access to the two capital cities without the need to connect via Sydney or Melbourne.
Announced in July of this year, the new route will begin on 17th September and fly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a flight time of around 4.5 hours each way. Avoiding the need for a connection should save travellers one hour of travel time each way.
In addition to economy seats, the Boeing 737 features eight reclining business class seats and five rows of Economy X extra legroom seats. In total, the new flights provide seats for almost 55,00 passengers to fly directly between the two cities.
Initially, VA594 will depart Perth at 11:30am for a 5:55pm arrival in Hobart on both Mondays and Wednesdays while Friday flights will be on VA592, leaving Perth at 7:15am and touching down in Hobart at 1:40pm. Conversely, VA595 leaves Hobart at 6:40pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, landing in Perth at 9:10pm, with VA593 handling Fridays at 2:20pm to a 4:45pm arrival.
Note that these times will be slightly changed from October 28th to account for Tasmania’s Daylight Savings.
At the time of writing, a one-way flight from Hobart to Perth starts from $299 AUD on 17th September, while a one-way from Perth to Hobart on the same day starts from $365 AUD. Bookings can be made on virginaustralia.com.