For the first time in 11 years, the north-west region will gain the benefit of a choice of two major airlines with Virgin Australia announcing it will commence competitive services between Mount Isa and Brisbane on 13 August 2012.
Xstrata Mount Isa Mines and Virgin have entered into a heads of agreement to support the new service that will see Virgin flying a 92-seat, Embraer E190 return from Mount Isa to Brisbane Monday to Friday.
Xstrata Copper North Queensland Chief Operating Officer Steve de Kruijff said the announcement comes after passenger numbers flying through Mount Isa Airport increased by 10% between March 2011 and March 2012 to almost 22,000 people.
Xstrata will continue to use Qantas and Virgin services to help ensure Mount Isa has two reliable and competitive airlines.
Updated 29 May 2012