Virgin Blue has revamped its flight schedule to maximise convenience for Guests and to allow business travellers to make the most of their working day or leisure travellers to get the last second out of their holiday.
It follows the recent move into bigger airport terminal facilities in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. The airline literally has room to grow and is taking delivery of more brand new Boeing 737 aircraft that will be used to introduce new flights as well as increase frequency on existing routes.
Due to Virgin Blue’s legal action against the Macquarie controlled Sydney Airport, Virgin Blue has also introduced a schedule that will reduce over-crowding at the Sydney terminal, while protecting passengers from unscrupulous price increases.
The new Sydney schedule reduces peaks and troughs, ensuring that the Domestic Express Terminal can increase the number of flights it handles while avoiding any inconvenience to passengers. The facility will now cater to no more than 650 Guests per hour compared to the July peak loads of over 850.
This will ensure a more comfortable check-in and boarding experience for Guests throughout the entire Summer season, until Virgin Blue’s case against Macquarie’s Sydney Airport goes before the NSW Supreme Court in March 2003.
Among the network wide schedule changes are half hourly peak services between Sydney and Melbourne (hourly throughout the rest of the day) and hourly services between Sydney and Brisbane. The new schedule, effective 27 October 2002, will especially benefit Virgin’s growing number of corporate accounts who will be able to commit more volume to the low fare airline, save more on their travel budget and have more flight choices to suit their travel needs.