Virgin Australia partnership with Link Airways to increase regional network

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Virgin Australia and Link Airways have announced a new codeshare partnership which is expected to nearly double Virgin Australia’s footprint in regional Australia.

Seventeen 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.

Velocity Frequent Flyer members will also be able to earn both Points and Status Credits on the 17 new regional codeshare services.

“Today’s announcement in partnership with Link Airways underscores our commitment to delivering great value, flexibility and choice to Australians, and boosting connections for customers living in regional Australia,” said Alistair Hartley, Virgin Australia’s Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer.

“Importantly the partnership is also set to support regional trade and tourism in destinations like Inverell, Wollongong and Biloela, which are not currently serviced by any other major airline.

“Together, our networks will be operating up to 365 daily flights across Australia, offering 42 domestic destinations for guests to explore, all while ensuring guests can enjoy seamless connectivity and loyalty benefits under our award-winning Velocity Frequent Flyer program when they travel.”

Link Airways CEO Andrew Major said the new agreement will provide significant additional travel opportunities to passengers Australia-wide, particularly those in regional areas.

“Benefits will include better connectivity and more choice for regional customers thanks to Virgin Australia’s expansive route network,” he said.