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Virgin Australia to launch a new route to Hobart; to resume Perth-Hobart flights

Virgin Australia today announced that it will launch a new route to Hobart, Tasmania in addition to the resumption of flights between Perth and Hobart in October 2021, just in time for the summer holidays.

New routes to Hobart, Tasmania

Virgin Australia is introducing new direct service to Hobart from Adelaide, as the airline continues to expand its network schedule in markets with open borders ahead of the Christmas holiday period.

Starting 22nd October 2021, Virgin Australia will operate 4-weekly year-round flights between Adelaide Airport and Hobart International Airport. The flight timings are:

  • Adelaide-Hobart
  • Departure time: 07:30
  • Arrival time: 10:00
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • Flight number: VA1600
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Hobart-Adelaide
  • Departure time: 10:40
  • Arrival time: 12:10
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • Flight number: VA1601
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Resumption of Perth-Hobart flights

Between 29th October 2021 and 25th April 2022, Virgin Australia will fly between Perth International Airport and Hobart International Airport 3-times-a-week. The schedule for these flights is:

  • Perth-Hobart
  • Departure time: 09:30
  • Arrival time: 16:40
  • Flight time: 4 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: VA592
  • Frequency: Mondays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Hobart-Perth
  • Departure time: 17:25
  • Arrival time: 19:15
  • Flight time: 4 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: VA595
  • Frequency: Mondays, Fridays and Sundays

Both the routes will be operated by the airline’s Boeing B737 aircraft. To celebrate the announcement, Virgin Australia is offering the following one-way Economy Lite sale fares from today until midnight 26th September 2021 or until sold out:

  • Hobart-Adelaide or Adelaide-Hobart – AUD49
  • Hobart-Perth or Perth-Hobart – AUD149

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Alistair Hartley, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Virgin Australia Group, said:

Virgin Australia continues to look for new ways to expand our network schedule to create more travel opportunities for Australians where free movement across borders is permitted. That’s why we’re proud to announce the launch of services between Hobart, and Adelaide and Perth in time for Christmas. Over the past month, Virgin Australia has already announced two new Tasmanian services, so together that’s up to 18,000 more travellers who are able to explore the Apple Isle’s incredible tourist attractions and natural wonders, including Hobart’s MONA and the Salamanca markets and Launceston’s lavender estates and the seaside links of Australia’s premier golf destination, Barnbougle.

Alistair Hartley added:

“To celebrate the launch of these new services which are now on sale, we’re giving our customers the chance to snap up a one-way Economy Lite fare between Hobart and Adelaide from as low as $49 and Hobart and Perth from $149. Virgin Australia is now the only carrier to connect both Launceston and Hobart to five state capital cities including, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The good news keeps on coming. For the next six months, we’re also giving all Velocity members up to 100 per cent bonus Status Credits when they fly on eligible flights from 1 October, so they’ll be able to snag a bargain airfare to Hobart and be rewarded with up to twice as many Status Credits when they fly. And for added confidence when booking, we’re also waiving applicable change fees and allowing unlimited changes for bookings for travel between now and 28 February 2022, so our customers can book with confidence knowing they can change their booking if they need to.

The news follows a number of other network announcements made by Virgin Australia in the past month, including the commencement of two new Launceston services from Perth and Adelaide.

Featured image by Virgin Australia

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