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Virgin Australia announces new direct service between Hobart and Perth

Posted: 4 July 2018 2:01 pm
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New route will save travellers almost 3 hours in travel time.

Virgin Australia has just announced a new direct service between Hobart and Perth, becoming the only airline to offer this route.

Starting on 17 September, Virgin Australia will operate a return service three times a week between Hobart and Perth on the airline's Boeing 737 aircraft.

As Perth is one of the most popular cities for Tasmanian travellers, Perth Airport Chief Corporate Service Officer, Debra Blaskett, highlighted the importance of opening another connection. "Virgin Australia's new direct service will save passengers at least an hour of travelling time, with passengers currently needing to connect via Melbourne or Sydney," she said.

In addition to the new service, which will provide seats for nearly 55,000 passengers, Virgin Australia has also recently increased capacity on several Tasmania routes by up to 24%, including:

  • 2 return services per week between Sydney and Hobart
  • 2 return services per week between Brisbane and Hobart
  • 1 seasonal return service per week between Brisbane and Launceston

The new flights between Hobart and Perth are on sale right now at Virgin Australia, with advance fares starting from $269 each way. Flight time will be around 4 hours and 30 minutes with service running Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

By comparison, Qantas is currently the cheapest option for flights between the two cities coming in at $287 each way with a 1 hour 50 minute stopover in Melbourne making it a 7 hour 15 minute journey.

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