October 25, 2013
VIRGIN Australia is stepping up it’s game of flights within regional Western Australia after taking over Perth-based Skywest Airlines. The airline will begin 2 weekly flights to and from the mining town of Paraburdoo in the state’s north.
The flights will run on Thursdays and Fridays using Fokker 100 aircraft from regional arm, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines. Currently, Qantas is the only airline on this route and for the first time, Virgin Australia will bring competition by opening up a new destination.
Merren McArthur, the group executive of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines said;
“Paraburdoo is one of Australia’s largest mining centres and has been a monopoly route up until now. We are delighted to be supporting the local community by bringing strong competition to the region.
“Our new Western Australia-based regional operation enables us to quickly identify and respond to growth opportunities such as this one and to bring benefits to businesses and communities throughout regional Australia.
“Following our recent increases to Karratha-Perth services, we now operate around 100 flights in and out of the Pilbara region per week.
“We fly to more destinations in Western Australia than any other airline and we will continue to look for opportunities to expand Virgin Australia’s presence in this important market”
The flights will be available to book from November 1st from Virgin Australia‘s website but are now available via travel agents.
Virgin Australia’s regional operation has 32 aircraft in its fleet and currently operates over 750 services per week.
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