Virgin Australia launches new regional route to Gladstone from Brisbane

Celebrating Virgin Australia’s new ATR72 operations were Skywest Airlines’ chairman Jeff Chatfield; Virgin Australia group executive operations Sean Donohue; Skywest Airlines’ CEO Mark Shelton and ATR president eastern region Laurent Negre.

  • Virgin Australia launched a new route on 17 October with its new regional fleet of 68-seat ATR72-500 aircraft operated by Skywest. The airline now flies from Brisbane (BNE) to Gladstone (GLT), 430 kilometres up the coast. Flights are operated 11 times weekly – twice-daily on weekdays and once on Sundays – and compete with Qantas’ 49 flights a week on the same route. From 16 January, Virgin Australia will add a third weekday service to the route. Merren McArthur, Virgin Australia group executive alliances, network and yield, said the services will bring much needed competition to the route: “Gladstone is an important part of the Group’s strategy to provide regional centres with reliable and value for money air services. We are pleased to be supporting the local community as well as the important mining and tourism industries in the Gladstone region. The double‐daily week day services will appeal to both the corporate and leisure traveller by connecting them with the Virgin Australia domestic and international network and partner airline flights.”

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