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Direct flights to Adelaide take off in time for summer

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It'll soon be easier to jump on a plane to visit friends, family and wine country in South Australia.

Virgin Australia's announced its flights between the Sunshine Coast and Adelaide will take off once again, just in time for Christmas.

The service, grounded in April this year, will resumed from December 14, running four times a week.

The route has also been expanded to fly year-round, taking more 73,000 passengers between the two destinations annually. 

The airline's chief strategy and transformation officer Alistair Hartley says the announcement means up to 5,632 additional passengers can head back to the skies this summer.

“Virgin Australia is really pleased to re-introduce services between Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast.

“We’re proud to be supporting local communities, including the hundreds of tourism operators, hospitality venues and business owners on the Sunshine Coast and in South Australia who depend on tourism and who have done it tough through the pandemic," says Mr Hartley.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says the direct flights to and from Adelaide will support 99 jobs and deliver $12.7 million for the Sunshine Coast’s visitor economy.

“We know after a long winter, South Australians crave a holiday in the tropical sun.

“Virgin’s flights will also add extra holiday cheer for Sunshine Coast tourism operators including hotels, restaurants and visitor experiences after a tough pandemic year,” Mr Hinchliffe says.

 

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