This tasty-looking cake was created to help celebrate the start of Virgin Australia Airlines’ new service from Brisbane to Alice Springs. Wielding the knife to cut the baked beauty were: Michael Gunner, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government; Hope Antzoulatos, GM Network Management, Virgin Australia Airlines; and Ian Kew, CEO, Northern Territory Airports. According to Matthew Findlay, Head of Aviation Development, Northern Territory Airports: “The cake was strawberry and custard sponge. Amazing to eat too!” This becomes the airline’s third route from Alice Springs.
- Virgin Australia Airlines commenced its 34th non-stop city pair (and 22nd domestic route) from its Brisbane (BNE) hub this week, launching a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) service to Alice Springs (ASP). Beginning on 19 June, the 1,963-kilometre domestic sector will be operated by Alliance Airlines’ Fokker 100 fleet. The Australian airline will face direct competition from Qantas on the route, with the nation’s flag carrier already flying the airport pair twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays). The route from Brisbane is the third to be operated to Alice Springs by Virgin Australia, with it already serving the Australian town from Adelaide, host of World Routes 2019, and Darwin. Both of these services are flown five times weekly, meaning that Virgin Australia is offering 12 weekly departures from Alice Springs as a result of its new Brisbane service. See how Alice Springs Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.