Virgin Australia firms 10-year agreement with Gold Coast Airport

CEOs of Virgin Australia and Queensland Airports Ltd at Gld Coast Airport.
Photo Credit: Queensland Airports Ltd

Virgin Australia has signaled its continued commitment to the Gold Coast after signing a new agreement with airport operator Queensland Airports Limited which underpins the airline’s services to the region for the next decade.

This latest 10-year deal solidifies a longstanding partnership between the two stakeholders; marking a significant milestone in the region’s air travel landscape, and reinforcing the airline’s services to the region.

Virgin Australia & QAL Collaboration

The 10-year agreement for Gold Coast Airport becomes the latest milestone in the longstanding relationship between Virgin Australia and Queensland Airports Limited.

Amelia Evans, CEO of Queensland Airports Limited, highlights the pivotal role of this collaboration in creating valuable connections for the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales regions.

“As an airport, our purpose is to connect people, places and communities and our partnership with Virgin Australia is an important part of delivering that for the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales regions,” Ms Evans said.

A Virgin Australia Boeing 737 passes overhead.
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“Its first flight from Gold Coast Airport was to Sydney and twenty-three years on, that route continues to be our most popular connection – with Virgin Australia now operating 120 direct flights between the two cities each week.”

With a focus on linking people, places, and communities, the partnership reflects a dedication to enhancing regional accessibility.

“Gold Coast Airport now welcomes almost 50 flights a day operated by Virgin Australia and we look forward to building on these connections even further through our new 10-year agreement,” Ms Evans concluded.

A Legacy of Growth

Since its inception in 2001, Virgin Australia’s presence at Gold Coast Airport has been instrumental in shaping the region’s air travel dynamics.

Commencing with flights between Sydney and the Gold Coast, the airline has witnessed remarkable growth, now operating up to 50 flights daily to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, and Bali.

With over 36 million passengers traversing through Gold Coast Airport, Virgin Australia has emerged as a key player in the region’s aviation landscape.

Exterior view of Gold Coast Airport terminal
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Strengthening Core Connections

The enduring popularity of the Sydney-Gold Coast route epitomizes the robust connectivity fostered by Virgin Australia.

With 120 direct flights per week between these two cities, the airline has cemented its position as a preferred choice for travelers seeking seamless journeys.

The frequency and reliability of these flights underscore Virgin Australia’s commitment to serving the evolving needs of passengers.

Empowering Regional Tourism

Jayne Hrdlicka, CEO of Virgin Australia, underscores the Gold Coast’s significance as a premier leisure destination. With a commitment to providing value and choice, Virgin Australia plays a pivotal role in promoting regional tourism.

The airline’s flexibility in augmenting capacity during peak seasons demonstrates a proactive approach to meeting passenger demand, thereby contributing to the region’s economic vitality.

“The Gold Coast is among our most popular destinations for leisure travellers, and we regularly increase capacity during the holidays to give our passengers more opportunities to visit,” Ms Hrdlicka said.

“As a proudly south east Queensland-based company, we are committed to connecting locals and visitors to the region.”


Looking ahead, Virgin Australia’s pursuit of additional capacity to Indonesia through the International Air Services Commission marks a proactive stance towards expanding horizons.

The potential reinstatement of services from the Gold Coast to Perth, and onwards to Bali, holds promise for further enriching connectivity options for travelers.

This strategic initiative aligns with Virgin Australia’s overarching goal of fostering accessible and diverse travel experiences.

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