Route of the Week:
Virgin Australia’s Brisbane to Mount Isa
Celebrating Virgin Australia’s return to Mount Isa – and competition for Qantas on the important Brisbane route – were Merren McArthur, Virgin Australia's Group Executive Alliances, Network and Yield; Peter Stewart, Xstrata Zinc’s Executive to the Senior Management Team; Steve de Kruijff, CEO Xstrata Copper; and Judith Crompton, Virgin Australia's Group Executive Sales. Meanwhile, passengers on the first flight were treated to commemorative cupcakes.
- Virgin Australia expanded its domestic network with regional aircraft on 8 August. With 104-seat E-190s, the airline now flies five times weekly, daily on weekdays, between its home base in Brisbane (BNE) – the airport analysed this week – and the mining city of Mount Isa (ISA) in north-western Queensland. The route is launched in commercial agreement with Xstrata Mount Isa Mines, which supports the service. Virgin Australia has briefly operated the route before, back in 2001-02. As the airline re-enters the route, it ends Qantas monopoly with 13 weekly flights.