The 10-year agreement builds on a longstanding partnership between the airport and Virgin Australia, which first launched flights between Sydney and the Gold Coast in 2001 and now operates up to 50 flights a day between the Gold Coast and Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Bali.
“More than 36 million passengers have flown with Virgin Australia through Gold Coast Airport since it commenced operations here in 2001,” said Queensland Airports Limited CEO Amelia Evans.
“Its first flight from Gold Coast Airport was to Sydney and twenty-three years on, that route continues to be our most popular connection, with Virgin Australia now operating 120 direct flights between the two cities each week.
“Gold Coast Airport now welcomes almost 50 flights a day operated by Virgin Australia and we look forward to building on these connections even further through our new 10-year agreement.”
Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said as one of the largest operators at Gold Coast Airport, the carrier has an important role to play in providing choice to passengers travelling to and from the region.
“The Gold Coast is among our most popular destinations for leisure travellers, and we regularly increase capacity during the holidays to give our passengers more opportunities to visit,” Hrdlicka said.
“As a proudly south east Queensland-based company, we are committed to connecting locals and visitors to the region.”