Virgin Australia Airlines started its 10th domestic route to Canberra on 6 August, with a twice-weekly connection from Perth. Flights leave the capital bound for Western Australia at 19:00 on Thursdays and 19:30 on Sundays.
- Virgin Australia Airlines added its 10th route from the Australian capital city of Canberra (CBR) on 6 August, commencing a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) operation to Perth (PER). The airline will utilise its 737-800 fleet on the 3,082-kilometre city pair. Canberra Airport MD, Stephen Byron, said: “Canberra is attracting increasing numbers of inbound tourists. In the past year, 208,000 international visitors visited the capital and the wider region, and spent A$452 million. Perth is not only a key national destination, but a gateway to Africa and beyond, and we expect the new service to become highly attractive to our region’s population of around one million.” Virgin Australia GM Network Management Hope Antzoulatos said: “This service will be particularly welcomed by West Australian parliamentarians and their staff who will have the opportunity to fly directly from Perth to Canberra during sitting weeks, as well as passengers wishing to travel between the two cities. The introduction of this service is part of our commitment to bring greater competition to the industry and more choice to Australian travellers.” Qantas provides the competition on the route, offering a daily service.