Virgin Australia is replacing Boeing 737-800s with smaller aircraft operated by Alliance Airlines on the Brisbane-Cairns route in response to softening demand.
The move will see the airline’s capacity cut by more than 300 seats per week between Brisbane and Cairns.
“This week, Alliance Airlines will start operating two return services per week, on behalf of Virgin Australia, between Brisbane [and] Cairns,” said a Virgin Australia spokesperson.
“We remain committed to this area of our network and we will continue to provide a strong schedule proposition on this route.”
The carrier has recently downgraded of its earnings guidance for the 2019 financial year.