Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Virgin Australia to Start Services to Emerald Airport - FINALLY!!

Flight Centric - which publishes airline and air travel news and features from around the world but with a specific focus on Australasia and Asia Pacific - has announced on Tuesday 4 October that Virgin Australia will commence double-daily week day services to Emerald Aerodrome with Skywest Airlines operated ATR-72s from mid-January 2012.

The proposed service is still subject to regulatory approval, but would be a most welcome addition for the residents of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, who have been long screaming out for competition and cheap airfares in the region.

A Virgin Australia representative said the ATR turbo-prop services would bring much needed competition to the region and would provide links to Virgin Australia’s domestic and international services as well as those of its partner airlines.

The ATR-72 aircraft is a 68-seat turbo-prop aircraft which will soon be introduced by Virgin Australia on selected regional services including:
- Double daily weekday return services between Brisbane and Gladstone
- Daily return services between Brisbane and Port Macquarie
- Double daily services between Sydney and Port Macquarie
- Up to six daily return services between Sydney to Canberra

Exciting times ahead!

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