Virgin temporarily withdraws one flight over summer
LESS than a year after adding two additional flights between Bundaberg and Brisbane to its weekly schedule, Virgin Australia has temporarily withdrawn one of them.
On February 2 last year, Virgin announced the additional flights were in response to growing demand and followed on from May 2013, when the service first began flights between Brisbane and Bundaberg.
At the time Virgin Australia chief commercial officer Judith Crompton said "today's announcement is an example of our commitment to enhancing our existing regional network for the benefit of Australians".
But the flight, which departed Brisbane on Mondays at about 5pm before departing from Bundaberg on Tuesday mornings at about 6am was grounded this month, and won't return until late next month.
A spokesperson for Virgin Australia said the airline continually reviews demand across its network and can confirm a seasonal adjustment has been made to the Bundaberg - Brisbane route.
"This has resulted in the temporary removal of VA1703 Brisbane - Bundaberg on Monday afternoon and the consequent Tuesday morning flight VA1698 from Bundaberg - Brisbane," the spokesperson said.
"Guests with existing bookings on these flights were re-accommodated on to other Virgin Australia services. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
"Virgin Australia introduced the Bundaberg-Brisbane service in 2013 breaking a ten year monopoly and bringing much needed competition to the route.
"We are pleased to offer 16 flights per week between the two cities and remain committed to the Bundaberg market.
Bundaberg Regional Council economic development spokesman Greg Barnes said as he understood it, local bookings haven't supported the scheduled Monday night flights for January and February, as this is a time when many people are on holidays.
"While any decision to withdraw the Monday night service, even on a temporary basis, for the months of January and February, is regrettable, council appreciates that this is a commercial business decision," he said.
"Council reaffirms that it will continue to lobby Virgin Australia, Qantas and other airlines for additional services into the future."