Virgin Australia will resume direct Adelaide-Sunshine Coast services in what will now become a year-round service.
The Adelaide to Sunshine Coast service has been supported by the Queensland Government and will begin on December 14, operating four times a week.
With the service extended to become year-round, this major capacity boost will deliver more than 73,000 seats a year and will be operated by a 176 seat Boeing 737 jet.
“Virgin Australia is really pleased to re-introduce services between Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast. Today’s announcement will mean up to 5,632 additional passengers can head back to the skies this summer,” said Alistair Hartley, Virgin Australia’s Chief Commercial Officer.
“We’re proud to be supporting local communities, including the hundreds of tourism operators, hospitality venues and business owners on the Sunshine Coast and in South Australia who depend on tourism and who have done it tough through the pandemic.”
Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie said the decision from Virgin to extend the route year-round is a “strong vote confidence in our region for both leisure and business travel”.
“We know local businesses have been doing it tough in a challenging operating environment in recent months, however we expect these services will be really popular with high-value travellers who stay longer and spend more which will be a welcome boost to many of our tourism businesses,” he said.
Tourism Noosa’s CEO Melanie Anderson said the announcement was “great news for our region”.