Virgin Australia’s Melbourne – Hamilton Island
Tim Anderson, Patrick Devlin and the rest of the crew from Virgin Australia, receive a warm welcome from Hamilton Island at Great Barrier Reef Airport on 15 August. Australia’s second largest carrier now offers the 1,960-kilometre route from Melbourne four times weekly, competing with Jetstar Airways’ five weekly services.
- Virgin Australia introduced direct flights on 15 August between Melbourne (MEL) and Hamilton Island (HTI), the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland. Virgin Australia, the country’s second largest carrier, introduced the route with four weekly frequencies, competing with Jetstar Airways’ five weekly operations to the popular global tourist destination. Virgin Australia, formerly known as Virgin Blue Airlines uses a 737-800 to service the 1,960-kilometre route. This addition is the airlines 21st destination out of Melbourne.