Virgin Australia is giving its domestic network out of Perth a boost with the launch of a new Hobart route on Monday, September 17 and plans for a seasonal Gold Coast service starting this December.

The Australian carrier is the only airline to offer a non-stop connection between Perth and Hobart, which it will fly three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

However, from December 17 to January 6, the airline will offer an additional two weekly flights on the route, bringing the service up to five times a week.

“The demand for the route has been so popular that Virgin Australia has added up to seven extra weekly flights over the Christmas and New Year holiday period,” said Virgin Australia group executive, Rob Sharp.

Meanwhile, the carrier also announced today its plans to offer yet more flights out of Perth this winter with a seasonal Perth-Gold Coast service, scheduled to operate from December 13, 2018 until January 26, 2019. The temporary service will operate twice per week on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft will fly both the Hobart and Gold Coast routes. These offer eight leather seats in business class laid out in a 2-2 configuration with 38 inches of pitch (legroom), 19.5 inches of width and a five-inch recline.

Along with the two Perth routes, Virgin Australia is also adding some 27,000 seats to its services into and out of the Gold Coast during the Christmas period. These include:

  • Up to seven weekly return flights to and from Auckland and Canberra.
  • Up to 10 weekly return flights to and from Adelaide.
  • Up to 54 weekly return flights to and from Melbourne.
  • Up to 61 weekly return flights to and from Sydney.

Virgin Australia has been enhancing its domestic offerings elsewhere in its network, notably with the overhauling of its Melbourne domestic lounge, which began in August.

Meanwhile the airline’s international expansion has notably included the launch of two non-stop routes to Hong Kong, connecting the city daily with both Sydney and Melbourne.