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Virgin Australia Increases Domestic Service, Introduces New Wellbeing Measures

Virgin Australia announced on Thursday that they will expand their domestic flight schedule with additional connections and frequencies between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 - Courtesy Virgin Australia

On Thursday, Virgin Australia announced an increase in domestic flying with expanded capital city connections between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Additionally, the carrier will resume service between Brisbane and Adelaide, Canberra, and Perth, as well as between Sydney and Perth. Virgin Australia is also adding frequencies on intrastate routes between Queensland and Western Australia. The additional services will increase the carrier’s current capacity by around 30,000 seats across 320 weekly flights by early July. In Thursday’s announcement, Virgin Australia Group’s Chief Commercial Officer, John McLeod said,

“By early July, we will have gradually added approximately 30,000 seats across 320 flights per week to our schedule – more than doubling our capacity and providing more flexibility for guests. It’s early days but these services will be a welcomed boost to Australia’s tourism industry and help the nation’s economy and aviation sector rebuild. The services will also give us the opportunity to bring team members back to work, who I know have been looking forward to welcoming and sharing our award-winning customer service. Importantly as travel begins to increase, the safety and wellbeing of guests remains crucial, which is why measures to minimize risks associated with COVID-19 are being introduced. We recommend that any guest who is feeling unwell or has flu-like symptoms, do not travel – flights for travel until 30 September can be changed without fees if needed.”

Virgin Australia Increases Domestic Flight Schedule - Courtesy Virgin Australia

As explained by Virgin Australia Group’s Medical Officer, Dr. Sara Souter, the carrier has implemented new health safety and wellbeing measures including contactless check-in, sequenced boarding and disembarkation and more frequent cleaning of aircraft and airport facilities. Hand sanitizer and masks will also be available to all guests upon request and all Virgin Australia aircraft are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air filtration systems. Additionally, guests will be required to fill out a new health questionnaire as part of the check-in process to ensure they are fit to fly and to assist with contact tracing if necessary. Were possible, Virgin Australia will keep an empty seat between guests who are traveling alone. As always, families and travel companions will be permitted to sit together.

Source: Virgin Australia

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