New air services to boost tourism

Virgin Australia has announced it will add two new routes from Brisbane to Moranbah and Bundaberg.

The airline will commence flights to Moranbah with two daily return services on weekdays from 2 April 2013, and increase the service to three times daily plus one return flight on Sundays from 15 April.

Commencing 4 April 2013, the carrier will also operate a daily return flight between Brisbane and Bundaberg.

Both services will be operated utilising the carrier’s ATR-72 turboprop aircraft.

Meanwhile Tiger Airlines announced its return to Alice Springs with four-times-weekly flights from both Melbourne and Sydney.

And Jetstar is taking over Qantas’ unprofitable Sydney-Uluru route and reducing the frequency from daily to four times a week. It is also reducing the fare from a typical $250-$300 one-way to $120 for the launch period.

Etihad Airways has announced it will move its Boeing 777-300ER on flights between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne from 1 December 2013, to increase capacity between the two cities. The three-class, 328-seat 777 will replace the current Airbus A340 fleet, to add 252 more seats per week.

Emirates has announced its early morning service from Sydney to Dubai will be operated by an A380 from 2 June – the second daily A380 for Sydney passengers. Currently serviced by the Boeing 777-300ER, upgrading Emirates’ flights to the Airbus A380-800 will see an increase in capacity of 1890 seats per week.

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