Virgin Australia: New routes and increased frequencies
In a diversionary tactic to counter Jayne Hrdlicka’s disastrous words earlier in the week, Virgin Australia is ramping up its routes roll-out (see how I did that?), and upping the frequency of flights on some routes.
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Jobs, flights, routes
Of course the line Virgin, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Michael McCormack MP are taking in their announcement is about 250 new jobs – ignoring the thousands previously lost due to COVID-19. Jayne is trumpeting the 6,000 strong workforce they will employ – down from 9,000 if my memory serves me correctly.
But most interesting for flyers is the extra flights and new routes.
Let’s start with the new routes:
- Adelaide-Cairns – up to 4 flights per week starting 10 August
- Cairns-Perth – up to 4 flights per week starting 26 July
- Melbourne-Townsville – 3 flights per week starting 17 August
- Sydney-Darwin – daily services starting 14 July (seasonal)
- Sydney-Townsville – 3 flights per week starting 27 July
Lets hear it for the thrupple
And the triangle of Brisbane / Sydney / Melbourne (or thrupple as I like to think of it) is getting a boost in frequencies, which tends to indicate that domestic flying has not forever changed as we move to zoom calls, but is rebounding, even if its just Australians desperate to travel anywhere – even domestically!
- Sydney-Melbourne (from 130 up to 163 return flights/week by October)
- Sydney-Brisbane (from 76 up to 104 return flights/week by October)
- Melbourne-Brisbane (from 61 up to 84 return flights/ week by October)
But Wait! There’s more!
A whole lot of smaller and semi regional routes are also increasing frequency:
- Adelaide-Gold Coast (from 7 up to 9 return flights per week across school holiday travel dates)
- Brisbane-Cairns (from 29 up to 31 return flights per week by October)
- Brisbane-Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast (from 7 up to 10 return flights per week by October)
- Brisbane-Mackay (from 20 up to 30 return flights per week by October)
- Brisbane-Townsville (from 20 up to 31 return flights per week by October)
- Brisbane-Perth (from 17 up to 24 return flights per week by October)
- Brisbane-Canberra (from 18 up to 24 return flights per week by October)
- Melbourne-Gold Coast (from 40 up to 57 return flights per week by October)
- Melbourne-Launceston (from 16 up to 21 return flights per week by October)
- Melbourne-Hamilton Island (up to 4 return flights per week by October)
- Melbourne-Hobart (from 18 up to 31 return flights per week by October
- Melbourne-Cairns (from 8 up to 23 return flights per week by October)
- Melbourne-Sunshine Coast (from 13 up to 28 return flights per week by October)
- Sydney-Sunshine Coast (from 11 up to 26 return flights per week by October)
- Sydney-Gold Coast (from 49 up to 72 return flights per week by October)
- Sydney-Cairns (from 10 up to 21 return flights per week by October)
- Sydney-Hobart (from 10 up to 20 return flights per week by October)
Remembering that you can cancel and rebook any fares through to the end of February 2022, this offer is worth booking some speculative travel.
I usually value status credits over points, but triple points is a good deal. Anyway if a good bonus status credits deal comes up – I can always cancel my triple points booking and rebook using the credit to gain the the status deal. Sorry guys, you can’t combine deals.
Qantas didn’t come down in the last shower, so don’t expect this triple points deal to be giving you the best fare prices (I haven’t checked this), and the same applies to those double status points offers if they return. I have no inside knowledge, but a triple points offer, often comes just before a double status credits offer. Just sayin’.
Now, given that these increased frequencies and new routes don’t start until October, you can’t tell me that this isn’t a ‘look over here’ on Hrdlicka’s behalf, to move on from her disastrous statement inferring that she didn’t care about Australia lives it if interfered with her airline’s success. OK, some of those routes do start in July. I’ll give her that.