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Virgin Australia increases regional network through Link Airways partnership

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Virgin Australia has announced a new codeshare partnership with regional airline, Link Airways, which will increase Virgin Australia’s footprint in regional Australia by 45%.

17 new regional codeshare services operated by Link Airways – the equivalent of 90 flights per week – will be added to Virgin Australia’s domestic network under the partnership.

The flights are on sale now through Virgin Australia’s travel agency partners, and will be available to book directly on the Virgin Australia website from March.

Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn Points and Status Credits on Virgin Australia codeshare services operated by Link Airways to some of the most important regional centres in the country – including Bundaberg, Tamworth, Armidale and more.

Velocity Platinum, Gold and Silver members will also earn bonus Points and receive an additional baggage allowance when travelling on any Virgin Australia codeshare service operated by Link Airways.

Eligible Velocity members can also access Virgin Australia lounges when travelling on these Virgin Australia codeshare services.

The partnership means that Virgin Australia customers can travel seamlessly for the first time to 42 Australian destinations on a single booking – with through check-in and baggage transfer.

This includes routes such as Inverell, Wollongong and Biloela that are not serviced by another major airline.

Alistair Hartley, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer at Virgin Australia, said: “The sky’s the limit now for so many regional Australians wanting better connectivity between home and the rest of our great country.

“We know our customers in regional Australia want this service, having already sold thousands of seats via travel agents since we announced the partnership in January.

“Our guests will be able to enjoy our seamless and efficient service, earn loyalty points and enjoy the benefits under our award-winning Velocity Frequent Flyer program.

“Virgin Australia is committed to providing value for our customers and we are proud to know this agreement between us and Link Airways will go a long way to providing customers with connectivity and choice.”

 

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