City lauds Virgin return

VIRGIN Australia will be given a ‘welcome back’ party when it touches down in Mount Isa on Wednesday.
Nanjing Night Net

It is the first time in 11 years North West Queensland will have a second major airline service to Brisbane.

In May, Xstrata Mount Isa Mines and Virgin Australia announced a heads of agreement for to re-start the Virgin Australia Embraer E190 week day return services from Mount Isa to Brisbane.

Xstrata Copper North Queensland Chief Operating Officer Steve de Kruijff said Wednesday will mark a special day for the city.

“More competition in the skies is a benefit for everyone in the North West region and in particular the Mount Isa community,” Mr de Kruijff said.

“As a business it is important to us that our employees and their families can affordably travel to the east coast of Queensland to visit their families and friends or to holiday at a reasonable expense.”

Mr de Kruijff said research found the high cost of airfares was one of the most critical obstacles to Xstrata staff staying in Mount Isa.

“Having a second airline service the Mount Isa to Brisbane route can only mean competition in regards to the cost of airfares for all Mount Isa residents and we hope the community embraces this new service.”

Virgin Australia Group Executive Sales Judith Crompton said the services mark a new era in air services for the community.

“Our weekday services provide for the business and leisure traveller with convenient connections onto the Virgin Australia domestic, international and partner networks,” Ms. Crompton said.

Xstrata will continue to use Qantas and Virgin services to help ensure Mount Isa has two reliable and competitive airlines.

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