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Virgin returns to Mt Isa

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 18, 2012
Virgin Australia will re-launch service from Brisbane to Mount Isa more than a decade after quitting the route. (Seth Jaworski)

Virgin Australia has announced plans to resume flights from Brisbane to Mount Isa, raising hopes in the mining centre that competition will lead to lower fares.

Qantas has held a monopoly on the route since Virgin withdrew from Mount Isa in 2001, saying competition from the flying Kangaroo left it unable to fill its seats.

But Virgin is a far larger airline today than it was 10 years ago and is in a considerably better position to compete. The resumption of Mount Isa flights was announced in a joint statement with mining company Xstrata, indicating key industry support for the move.

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Mount Isa officials also welcomed the announcement, saying lower fares could make the remote Queensland community a more attractive place to live for workers put off by the high cost of getting there and away.

Virgin said it expected to begin the weekday service in August.

Separately, Virgin announced that it will introduce business class seats on selected 737-800 flights from Melbourne and Sydney to the Sunshine Coast from May 30.

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Virgin returns to Mt Isa

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 18, 2012
Virgin Australia will re-launch service from Brisbane to Mount Isa more than a decade after quitting the route. (Seth Jaworski)

Virgin Australia has announced plans to resume flights from Brisbane to Mount Isa, raising hopes in the mining centre that competition will lead to lower fares.

Qantas has held a monopoly on the route since Virgin withdrew from Mount Isa in 2001, saying competition from the flying Kangaroo left it unable to fill its seats.

But Virgin is a far larger airline today than it was 10 years ago and is in a considerably better position to compete. The resumption of Mount Isa flights was announced in a joint statement with mining company Xstrata, indicating key industry support for the move.

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Mount Isa officials also welcomed the announcement, saying lower fares could make the remote Queensland community a more attractive place to live for workers put off by the high cost of getting there and away.

Virgin said it expected to begin the weekday service in August.

Separately, Virgin announced that it will introduce business class seats on selected 737-800 flights from Melbourne and Sydney to the Sunshine Coast from May 30.

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

Virgin returns to Mt Isa

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 18, 2012
Virgin Australia will re-launch service from Brisbane to Mount Isa more than a decade after quitting the route. (Seth Jaworski)

Virgin Australia has announced plans to resume flights from Brisbane to Mount Isa, raising hopes in the mining centre that competition will lead to lower fares.

Qantas has held a monopoly on the route since Virgin withdrew from Mount Isa in 2001, saying competition from the flying Kangaroo left it unable to fill its seats.

But Virgin is a far larger airline today than it was 10 years ago and is in a considerably better position to compete. The resumption of Mount Isa flights was announced in a joint statement with mining company Xstrata, indicating key industry support for the move.

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Mount Isa officials also welcomed the announcement, saying lower fares could make the remote Queensland community a more attractive place to live for workers put off by the high cost of getting there and away.

Virgin said it expected to begin the weekday service in August.

Separately, Virgin announced that it will introduce business class seats on selected 737-800 flights from Melbourne and Sydney to the Sunshine Coast from May 30.

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