Firstly, it is not going to start costing us a gazillion dollars to fly home from a wild weekend in the city. Nor is Virgin Australia leaving you high and dry without a way home like a disappointing Tinder date.
So now that we’ve cleared up, let’s get into the details.
Virgin Airlines announced today that they are reducing their turboprop ATR fleet which has resulted in some changes to their operations in Regional Queensland, which includes cancelling the direct flight from Brisbane to Gladstone.
There is no need to panic just yet though, because the good news is that Alliance Airlines has decided to commence flights in place of the cancelled Virgin flights, through codeshare.
What does the codeshare agreement actually mean for us?
Basically, from July 2017 onwards, your Brisbane to Gladstone flight will still be sold through Virgin Australia, and the flight number will most likely be included in their timetable, however, the actual plane and service will be provided by Alliance Airlines.
Tickets for flights on these routes will be available for sale through Virgin Australia. Velocity Frequent Flyer members will continue to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits, and eligible members will enjoy Status benefits.
Any guests who have booked travel on these routes from 17 July 2017 onwards will be reaccommodated on the Alliance Airlines services.
At this moment in time, Gladstone residents can rest assured that we are not being reduced to one airline causing a potential hike in prices.