Alliance Airlines has cancelled all flights to Bundaberg, which it had been operating on behalf of Virgin Australia.
Withdrawing from Bundaberg’s Brisbane and Gladstone routes, the change removes the only non-stop flight between Bundaberg and Gladstone, and makes flights between Brisbane and Bundaberg exclusively available on QantasLink.
Alliance Airlines CEO Lee Schofield said that “the decision to suspend services to Bundaberg was not taken lightly.”
“However, ongoing significantly reduced demand, exacerbated by the border closures which have essentially stopped all connecting traffic through Brisbane, have made this route unviable in the current environment.”
While Bundaberg will be without Alliance Airlines flights, the carrier’s service to Gladstone will increase as a result, with 12 weekly return flights between Brisbane and Gladstone.
Alliance Airlines had operated many of its Bundaberg flights as a triangle involving Brisbane and Gladstone. On some days, those flying from Brisbane to Bundaberg detoured through Gladstone, while flights from Bundaberg to Brisbane on other days instead reversed back through Gladstone.
Several years back, Virgin Australia handed its Brisbane-Bundaberg service over to its codeshare partner Alliance Airlines. Travellers were still able to book their flights through Virgin Australia, while receiving benefits such as Velocity frequent flyer points, and lounge access in Brisbane for eligible guests.
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