Virgin Australia is expecting close to 80,000 additional seats will be added to its east coast flight routes by January 2021 as borders finally reopen.
As Queensland opens its borders to Victoria and Sydney on Tuesday, the country’s second airline carrier says it is anticipating an extra 78,000 seats per week will be available on flights between the three major eastern capital cities.
With coronavirus restrictions easing across most of the nation, Virgin said it believes its capacity will be at 60 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.
It also noted on Tuesday flights from Victoria and NSW to Queensland are at near capacity, with high demand stretching through for the rest of the month.
Virgin Australia chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka said the decision by the Queensland government to open borders will mean families will be able to reunite for the holiday season.
Camera IconVirgin Australia says flights on Tuesday to Queensland are at near capacity. Credit: News Corp Australia, Brendan Radke
“We’re seeing strong demand throughout December across all of our Queensland services from Victoria and New South Wales, so we know many Australians have been itching to visit Queensland to reunite with their loved-ones or do business,” Ms Hrdlicka said.