On Tuesday 26 February, Virgin Australia announced that it will commence flights between Brisbane and Moranbah on Tuesday 2 April 2013, and between Brisbane and Bundaberg on Saturday 4 May 2013, subject to regulatory approval.
Both services will be operated by Skywest Airlines-operated ATR 72 Turboprop aircraft. The Moranbah service will initially operate twice daily return flights on weekdays, before increasing to thrice daily return flights from mid-April. On weekends, Virgin Australia will operate one daily return flight to Moranbah every Sunday.
The Bundaberg service will operate a daily return flight which has been timed to allow for convenient transfers to connecting flights out of Brisbane. Virgin is particularly keen to launch services to Bundaberg, where there has been a monopoly market for over 10 years. The airline will hold a community day in Bundaberg in the next few months, giving locals the chance to board the ATR 72 turboprop aircraft and meet Virgin Australia pilots and crew.
Special introductory fares go on sale from this weekend for both services.