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Virgin Australia’s network changes

The Virgin Australia Group has announced a number of changes to its network in response to a review.

Virgin Australia Group CEO and Managing Director Paul Scurrah said the changes highlight the Group’s focus on disciplined capacity management and putting the right product on the right route.

“We maintain a strong network of destinations and it’s important that our schedule continues to reflect demand from our business and leisure customers. Some of today’s changes respond to shifting demand on some routes, and others are about refocussing Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia on the destinations we feel they are best suited,” he said.

Virgin will make several changes to its domestic and international network, including the suspension of its Melbourne-Hong Kong-Melbourne services from 11 February 2020. CBT will be able to assist clients with impacted bookings.

The airline will retain a daily return service to Hong Kong from Sydney. Virgin’s aim is to improve onward connections through their partners Hong Kong Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin Australia will exit the following domestic and international routes:

    • Canberra – Perth, from 6 December 2019
    • Gold Coast – Perth, from 19 January 2020
    • Hong Kong – Melbourne, from 11 February 2020
    • Sydney – Christchurch, from 29 April 2020

Virgin Australia will commence the following international routes:

    • Brisbane – Haneda, from 29 March 2020
    • Melbourne – Denpasar, from 29 March 2020

Despite these changes, Virgin Australia has assured CBT that the airline remains committed to providing reliable and consistent services across its network to reflect customer demand.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the CBT team on (07) 3393 1833.

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