Virgin fills in flight gaps as QF grounds planes

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J As ongoing strikes force Australia’s flag carrier to ground aircraft and cut flights, Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti confirmed the airline will add capacity over the coming months to fill in the gaps.Adding an extra 31,000 seats each week, Virgin’s head said the move was to meet demand left behind by Qantas’ industrial action as well as part of the carrier’s plan to expand its business travel presence in the Perth market.“We have added more than 6,800 seats to Perth (we have 31,000 seats to Perth every week, with the Business Class product available on board all flights from the East Coast),” Mr Borghetti said in a statement.  “We are very committed to this market and believe we have the capacity to support increased demand. “In addition to this, we have already put plans in place to add extra capacity over the next few weeks, including  3,000  additional  seats  each  week  up  to  30  October;  and  the  addition  of  a  fifth  daily  return service from Melbourne to Perth commencing 20 December adding a further 2,300 seats each week.”Mr Borghetti added that the carrier is keeping a close eye on the Queensland land market to meet capacity when needed as it rebuilds after flooding and cyclones earlier this year.Heading into the holiday season, the airlines head concluded that the carrier is working closely with its alliance partners, Etihad and Air New Zealand to add capacity over November, December and January.last_img read more