Virgin Australia in flight
Come 3 May Virgin Australia will reportedly stop flying direct between the Gold Coast and Townsville, instead opting to focus on high demand destinations such as Sydney and Melbourne.
The Gold Coast to Townsville service has been under review for some time and revenue loss meant the flights had to be pulled, according to GoldCoast.com.au.
The airline will instead look at appointing two larger planes to carry more passengers from the Gold Coast to Sydney and Melbourne.
The loss of this route will come as a blow to the rapidly developing mining hub in Townsville and surrounding areas, with Townsville Deputy Mayor Dale Last saying the decision would cost both cities, with a loss of opportunity and business to both economies.
Considered as a fly-in, fly-out destination, Townsville will feel the negative impact from anyone that was considering working in the area now the convenience of the direct flights between Townsville and the Coast will cease.
Gold Coast tourism boss Martin Winter also conveyed his disappointment, saying it was an "unfortunate" decision that would affect regional holidaymakers who wanted to fly directly to the city, but now have to fly into to Brisbane and transfer to the coast.
A spokeswoman for Virgin Australia said the airline will continue to offer 22 flights to the Gold Coast per day, which includes up to 12 return Sydney flights.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W