Posted August 17th, 2009, 05:53 PM
Last edited by Billy and Charlie's Mum; August 17th, 2009 at 05:57 PM
Just want to let anyone else know that may have booked a flight from the US to Melbourne on V Aust. for a cruise before December, that they have cancelled their plans to fly into Melbourne. We are on the Princess Star cruise October 24th and booked flights into Melbourne from Los Angeles 10 days before the cruise to see other cities. If I had not been reading the Sydney Morning Herald on line today I never would have known this. I called VAust and the guy confirmed it and said I would be contacted in a few weeks as to whether we would be flying into Sydney now or Brisbane. I then asked if he would fix our forward flights into Hobart that we have on VirginBlue from Melbourne and he said no, I would have to do that myself. Can't fix it because they can't say if we will be in Sydney or Brisbane and can't tell me when they plan to let me know. Hope it's before we check in at LA- just be prepared for a full flight if you are traveling on the 13th of Oct to Sydney. And to make things worse, they are still selling tickets to Melbourne as of today on their site. Hope no one gets bumped.
I cant find where you have found this in the Herald. All I can find is an article about V Australia increasing it's services into Melbourne.
To celebrate the launch, special sale fares to Phuket and Johannesburg will go on sale Monday, August 17, at 1400 AEST on the airline's website.
Flights to Phuket will be on sale for $399 one way in economy class, $899 one way in premium economy class and $1499 one way in business class.
Flights to Johannesburg will be on sale for $1899 return for economy class, $2999 return for premium economy and $5999 return for international business class.
All fares are fully inclusive of taxes and surcharges.
The airline is also strengthening its focus on Melbourne, launching twice weekly flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles from December 1.
Virgin Blue chief executive Brett Godfrey said the airline believes its new destinations offer very exciting opportunities.
"Travellers outbound will experience Australian aviation at its best to the USA, Thailand and South Africa and we have high hopes for inbound tourism as we work with partners in our new markets to help develop traffic into Australia via Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne," he said today.
I for one am booked onto a flight from Brisbane to LA in February next year and am looking forward to it.
I have not heard anything about reduced flights out or into any city in Australia. They don't have flights departing from every city every day yet so you may just have to change your day one day either side.
Just another note: if you have booked to fly into Melbourne and get sent to Sydney they will give you a connecting flight into Melbourne with virgin blue and you will probably find that it will be included in the price you have been given. You might lose an hour or two having to do the connecting flight but you will still get there.
Enjoy your holiday........