VIRGIN Australia has announced plans to launch new direct services between Hobart and Perth and is set to become the only airline to offer the route.
From 17 Sep, the carrier will operate a thrice-weekly flight using a Boeing 737 aircraft.
“Virgin Australia is proud to deliver a faster, more convenient and affordable way to travel between Hobart and Perth,” said Virgin Australia general manager, network, revenue and alliances Russell Shaw.
Easier air access between the two cities is expected to provide a boost for tourism numbers.
“The new path has the potential to grow tourism visitation to both states and allow easier access for business travellers and those visiting friends and relatives,” said Hobart Airport chief executive officer Sarah Renner.
Direct Hobart to Perth services are anticipated to cut travel time by at least an hour, with passengers currently needing to connect via Melbourne or Sydney.
The move follows the carrier’s recent efforts to drive up capacity on several Tasmanian routes, including two return services per week between Brisbane and Hobart, two return services per week between Sydney and Hobart, and one seasonal return service per week between Brisbane and Launceston.
Nearly 55,000 additional seats will be added when the direct Perth to Hobart route launches, which is now accessible through agents’ GDS.