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Sydney scoots to Tamworth with Virgin

Virgin Australia's boss John Borghetti touched down in regional New South Wales today to introduce Sydney to Tamworth with Virgin. And no, he wasn't wearing cowboy boots.

Virgin Australia’s boss John Borghetti touched down in regional New South Wales today to introduce Sydney to Tamworth with Virgin. And no, he wasn’t wearing cowboy boots.

Commencing 25 May 2015, the airline will fly its 68-passenger ATR-72 Turboprop aircraft on six return services between Tamworth and Sydney every week.

This will increase competition on the route, which is also currently serviced by Qantas.

Virgin CEO John Borghetti made the announcement in Tamworth today, where he was joined by the NSW Deputy Premier, the Member for Tamworth, the Mayor of Tamworth, Councillors and members of the business community.

Virgin boss John Borghetti steps off a plane in Tamworth

Virgin boss John Borghetti steps off the plane in Tamworth

He said the airline is excited to bring competition on the route and offer passengers more choice.

“Tamworth is both a thriving commercial hub and a tourist destination, and the introduction of six Virgin Australia services between Tamworth and Sydney per week will support the ongoing development of Tamworth as an important regional destination.

NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant welcomed the announcement, saying it will benefit the hundreds of people living and visiting Tamworth and the wider New England region.

Virgin Australia will operate a return flight every day (excluding Saturday) departing Sydney at 1.55pm arriving into Tamworth at 3.00pm.

The flight will depart Tamworth at 3.30pm arriving into Sydney at 4.35pm.

The announcement comes only days after Virgin revealed it will increase capacity on flights to Fiji.

From 4 April, the airline will replace the Boeing 737 with the A330-200 on select flights between Sydney and Nadi.

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