Virgin Australia to launch direct Hobart-Perth flights

by James Wilkinson

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

From 17 September, Virgin Australia will operate a thrice-weekly return service between Hobart and Perth on the airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft.

Virgin Australia General Manager, Network, Revenue and Alliances, Russell Shaw, said that the new services would create an important connection between two unique capital cities.

“Virgin Australia is proud to deliver a faster, more convenient and affordable way to travel between Hobart and Perth,” he said.

The Premier of Tasmania, the Honorable Will Hodgman, heralded the benefit that the new route would bring to their tourism industry.

“The Tasmanian Government warmly welcomes this new service which will increase the opportunity for people to experience Tasmania’s unrivalled natural environment, world class produce and events,” he said.

In addition to this new Hobart to Perth route, Virgin Australia has also recently increased capacity on several Tasmania routes by up to 24%, including:
-2 return services per week between Brisbane and Hobart;
-2 return services per week between Sydney and Hobart; and
-1 seasonal return service per week between Brisbane and Launceston

The new flights between Hobart and Perth are on sale now, with advance purchase fares starting from $269 one-way.