Virgin Australia is resuming domestic flights on 17 additional routes by early August, the carrier said in a statement posted on its website.

This includes the resumption of flights to Newcastle, Hobart, Launceston, Darwin, Alice Springs, Hamilton Island, Maroochydore, Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Proserpine, and Mount Isa.

Last week, the airline announced it had been bought by US private equity group Bain Capital after it went into voluntary administration due to the coronavirus crisis.

“Travel is back on the agenda for many Australians and we’re happy to be able to resume flights to a number of holiday destinations in Queensland, Northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory. As borders begin to re-open, we also want to ensure we have great value flights available for guests to book their next trip,” said Virgin Australia group chief commercial officer, John MacLeod.

“We’re pleased to have continued our collaborative effort with the federal government to re-introduce some services as we start to see confidence return, and as each State and Territory comes closer to finalising their plans for the easing of restrictions and the reopening of borders,” he added.

The airline says one-way fares on leisure routes such as Sydney-Ballina start from A$89, Brisbane-Newcastle from A$119, Brisbane-Proserpine and Adelaide-Sydney both from A$135, and Sydney-Hobart from A$139.

Flights are available now at virginaustralia.com and passengers can change their travel date or destination with no change fee for domestic bookings made up to September 30, said the carrier.

Virgin Australia’s full domestic schedule can be seen here.

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