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Virgin Blue to launch daily Brisbane-Whitsunday Coast service

Less than six months after launching its first weekly Sydney-Whitsunday Coast flight, Virgin Blue announced it will…

Less than six months after launching its first weekly Sydney-Whitsunday Coast flight, Virgin Blue announced it will begin daily services between Brisbane and Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine).

The new flights are scheduled to begin from September 5 and follows the success of the weekly Sydney service, which has been delivering enthusiastic visitors directly to one of the world`s most beautiful and well-known tourist havens.

Virgin Blue Chief Executive Brett Godfrey said, With the focus on domestic tourism, there`s no question the Whitsundays are the winners. The new direct flight from Brisbane will bring more people into the region, be it Airlie Beach or offshore, to enjoy the idyllic offerings such as sipping sunset cocktails by the beach or traversing the Whitsunday waterways on a yacht.

Brett Godfrey continued, We were planning to introduce this service later in the year but Qantas` decision to reduce capacity inspired us to improve the efficiency of our existing schedule, allowing us to re-direct an aircraft to the daily Brisbane-Whitsundays route. We are confident Virgin Blue`s lower fares, combined with more affordable airport fees will stimulate the market and entice more travellers to the region.

One of Virgin Blue`s brand new shiny red jets has been named in honour of the destination, with Whitney Sundays expected to touch down in its namesake region when introduced into the fleet in October.

The new flights are part of Virgin Blue`s long term strategy to continue nurturing domestic tourism, especially at a time when Australians are eager to branch out and explore their own country. It will also mean a boost for jobs in the industry, with additional team members needed to cater for the extra flights into the Whitsunday Coast, Brett Godfrey finished.

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