Flew out of Canberra to Sydney on Friday night on one of the new Virgin Blue flights. The usual Friday night pandemonium at the Qantas end of the building with the Dash-8 flights to Sydney being cancelled or running late. The new Virgin Embraer jet was one-third full, left on time, arrived on time. Flew back to town this morning. This time, the 70-seat jet had no more than a couple of dozen people on board. Left on time; arrived on time. Sweet. But why aren’t more people getting on board? One of the cabin crew said new routes always take time to build up, but I have this sinking feeling we could end being a one-airline town again. I have no private interest in Virgin’s success in Canberra, other than never, ever wanting to be held hostage to the the whims of Qantas again.
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