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Arrival Revival: Virgin Australia restarts Sydney-Canberra Services from 30 January 2022

Virgin Australia has announced it will resume flights between Sydney and Canberra from 30 January 2022, providing more than 50 services between the two capital cities each week, under an exclusive agreement with Link Airways.   

Virgin Australia‘s Sydney-Canberra services, which were first paused in April 2020 at the height of the pandemic, will be operated using Link Airways’ Saab 340 B Plus aircraft and crew, with up to 9 flights per weekday available to be booked now.

“Virgin Australia is always looking for new ways to connect Australians and today’s announcement is a really great example of how we are working strategically to benefit our customers,” said Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka.

“Our Sydney-Canberra service is the 15th new service we have added to our domestic network since September, and we are looking forward to launching many more next year,” she said. 

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The airline says the resumption of its Sydney-Canberra services will be welcome news for corporate, leisure, and government sector customers who will now have more choice and flexibility when travelling to and from Capital Hill.  

“We are delighted to welcome back Virgin Australia’s Canberra to Sydney service,” said Michael Thomson, Head of Aviation, Canberra Airport.

“This service will provide great connectivity between Canberra and Sydney and we are sure it will be well supported by travellers from both cities and the region.”

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Virgin Australia lounge

The agreement with Link Airways will extend the Virgin Australia domestic network reach into markets like Sydney-Canberra that its’ own 737-800 aircraft cannot serve effectively.  

As the airline quickly ramps up capacity across domestic and short-haul international services it will continue to evaluate new destinations and opportunities to connect Australia.  

Since September, Virgin Australia says it has launched 15 new services, some of which have never been operated in the airline’s 21-year history, as the revitalised business takes flight under new ownership.  

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Today’s announcement comes as Virgin Australia welcomes back customers to its Canberra Lounge, which boasts a new and improved menu, along with excellent Australian wine and craft beer options.

Eligible customers travelling on Virgin Australia flights with Link Airways will continue to have access to Virgin Australia lounges when they fly. 

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