Virgin Australia resumes Launceston flights from Brisbane, Melbourne; Melbourne-Hobart returns

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Virgin Australia is bringing back its flights from Melbourne to both Hobart and Launceston from late November, as Victoria gets its COVID-19 numbers under control and other states begin to open domestic borders to Victorians.

As well, the airline will reintroduce direct flights between Brisbane and Launceston, complementing existing flights between Brisbane and Hobart.

Virgin Australia’s flights from Melbourne to Tasmania return on 27 November and ramp up to daily services from 14 December, with flights between Brisbane and Launceston beginning 23 November, to become daily across the peak Christmas and holiday period.

MELBOURNE-HOBART

Flight numbersVA1320 (MEL-HBA), VA1325 (HBA-MEL)
Operating daysAt first, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Then, daily from 14 December.
Distance374 miles / 601km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time1 hour 15 minutes (MEL-HBA)
1 hour 15 minutes (HBA-MEL)
AircraftBoeing 737-800
Seating capacity176 passengers (8 business class, 30 Economy X, 138 economy class)
Loyalty programVelocity Frequent Flyer
Rewards earned (one-way)5 Velocity points per $1 spent, plus:

7 status credits on Getaway fares
15 status credits on Elevate and Group fates
25 status credits on Freedom fares
50 status credits on Business Saver fares
55 status credits on Business fares
Reward cost (one-way)7,800 Velocity points + taxes, fees and charges (economy)
15,500 Velocity points + taxes, fees and charges (business class)
Business class upgrade cost (one-way)From Getaway and Elevate fares: 10,000 Velocity Points
From Freedom fares: 4,900 Velocity Points


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MELBOURNE-LAUNCESTON

Flight numbersVA1370 (MEL-LST), VA1375 (LST-MEL)
Operating daysAt first, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Then, daily from 14 December.
Distance288 miles / 463 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time1 hour 5 minutes (MEL-LST)
1 hour 5 minutes (LST-MEL)
AircraftBoeing 737-800
Rewards earned (one-way)Same points and status credits earn rates as above
Reward cost (one-way)Same reward and upgrade costs as above

BRISBANE-LAUNCESTON

Flight numbersVA1639 (BNE-LST), VA1640 (LST-BNE)
Operating daysAt first, Sundays, Mondays and Fridays. Then, daily over the summer peak.
Distance1,032 miles / 1,660 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time2 hours 40 minutes (BNE-LST)
2 hours 30 minutes (LST-BNE)
AircraftBoeing 737-800
Rewards earned (one-way)5 Velocity points per $1 spent, plus:

10 status credits on Getaway fares
20 status credits on Elevate and Group fates
30 status credits on Freedom fares
60 status credits on Business Saver fares
70 status credits on Business fares
Reward cost (one-way)11,800 Velocity points + taxes, fees and charges (economy)
23,500 Velocity points + taxes, fees and charges (business class)

“Victorians have done a great job in helping to restore confidence in their tourism and travel industry,” said a Virgin Australia spokesperson.

“The border announcement by the Tasmanian Government is welcome news and will allow us to bring more of our people back to work and customers the opportunity to reunite with friends and family this Christmas.”

Earlier news: QantasLink launches Sydney-Launceston flights, brings back Sydney-Hobart

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