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Virgin Aust. cuts four routes, Tigerair drops three

But VA will add two new international services from next year

Reflecting changing passenger demands, Virgin Australia will axe four services from its network starting December 2019, while subsidiary Tigerair Australia will drop three routes in a raft of changes presented to shareholders today (Wednesday). 


The services Virgin will no longer operate are Perth-Canberra (from 6 December 2019), Perth-Gold Coast (19 January 2020), Melbourne-Hong Kong (11 February 2020) and Sydney-Christchurch (29 April 2020). 


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Tigerair’s dumped routes will include Brisbane-Darwin, Sydney-Proserpine and Brisbane-Adelaide, 9News reported. 


It’s not all cuts to the Virgin network however, with the airline adding Brisbane-Tokyo Haneda and Melbourne-Denpasar to its operations. 


"We maintain a strong network of destinations and it's important that our schedule continues to reflect demand from our business and leisure customers," Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah said.


“Some of today's changes respond to shifting demand on some routes, and others are about refocussing Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia on the destinations we feel they are best suited."


According to Mr Scurrah, the axing of Melbourne-HK comes amid reduced demand to Hong Kong that is “in line with the political landscape”.


"The Airbus A330 currently operating the Melbourne-Hong Kong services will be re-deployed onto our daily Brisbane-Haneda flights commencing in March 2020, where we expect strong demand," he said.


VA will also retire three Fokker 100 planes by March 2020, while Tigerair will remove two A320s by mid-2020.


The company also announced Virgin Australia will retire three Fokker 100 aircraft from its regional services by March 2020.


Tigerair Australia will also reduce its fleet by removing two Airbus A320 by mid-2020 as it focuses on a whole fleet of Boeing 737s.

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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 6 November 2019

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