August 09, 2021

Launceston Airport adds new route to Adelaide for the first time in more than 20 years

For the first time in more than 20 years, frequent flights between Launceston and Adelaide will operate each week thanks to Virgin Australia.

The new direct link is the first major domestic service added to Launceston in more than 10 years.

Flights will commence on Tuesday 7 September and operate three times per week, with tickets now on sale ahead of the upcoming school holiday period.

Launceston Airport CEO Shane O’Hare said the new flights were a response to huge demand at both ends.

“The one route that we constantly get asked about adding is finally here, and we’re thrilled Virgin made the decision to launch, especially as both cities are free from COVID-related travel restrictions,” he said.

“We know a lot of local fly-in fly-out workers need to access Adelaide on a regular basis, plus we expect the route to be popular with holidaymakers seeking new experiences.

“Opening up a direct link between Launceston and Adelaide will also attract more visitors to our region, benefiting the local tourism industry, which is in major need of support, while assisting the local aviation workforce.

“We’re absolutely thrilled this interstate connection is now a reality and we thank Virgin Australia for committing to the route in such challenging times.”

Virgin Australia Group Chief Commercial Officer, Dave Emerson said the airline was focussed on reconnecting Australians in new ways and creating more travel opportunities. “With open borders between South Australia and Tasmania, we’re able to finally start direct flights between Adelaide and Launceston,” said Mr Emerson. “To celebrate the flights going on sale today, we are offering customers one-way fares from as low as $59 in Economy which we expect will sell out quickly.

The flights will depart Launceston on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays at 10:30am and will arrive into Launceston on the same days at 9:50am.

The three-weekly service is expected to add 4,576 seats per month.