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Virgin Australia Partners with Link Airways to Restart Sydney-Canberra Services

Virgin Australia will resume flights between Sydney and Canberra from 30 January 2022, with more than 50 services available between the two capital cities each week, under an exclusive agreement with Link Airways.

The services, which were first paused in April 2020 at the height of the pandemic, will be operated using Link Airways’ Saab 340 B Plus aircraft and crew, with up to 9 flights per weekday available to be booked now at virginaustralia.com.

The resumption of Virgin Australia Sydney-Canberra services will be welcome news for corporate, leisure, and government sector customers who will now have more choice and flexibility when travelling to and from Capital Hill.

Virgin Australia customers travelling on the short flights with Link Airways will receive a complimentary tea, coffee and water.

The agreement with Link Airways will extend the Virgin Australia domestic network reach into markets like Sydney-Canberra that its’ own 737-800 aircraft cannot serve effectively. As the airline quickly ramps up capacity across domestic and short-haul international services it will continue to evaluate new destinations and opportunities to connect Australia. Since September, Virgin Australia has launched 15 new services, some of which have never been operated in the airline’s 21-year history, as the revitalised business takes flight under new ownership.

Today’s announcement comes as Virgin Australia welcomes back customers to its Canberra Lounge, which boasts a new and improved menu, along with excellent Australian wine and craft beer options. Eligible customers travelling on Virgin Australia flights with Link Airways will continue to have access to Virgin Australia lounges when they fly.


Virgin Australia has unveiled a range of exciting new dishes across the airline’s domestic lounge network as part of its ongoing program to enhance the guest experience and appeal to its heartland customer. 

Dishes will be available from a range of menus that will rotate monthly, providing variety and choice to suit a range of taste buds at any time of the day. 

Highlight dishes: 

  • Sourdough toast topped with avocado fetta served with chilli flakes and a lemon wedge 
  • Breakfast croissant (ham, scrambled eggs, cheese) 
  • Penne bolognaise with parmesan cheese 
  • Potato rosti with crispy bacon and baked beans 
  • Avocado, baby spinach, grated, carrot, cucumber, Hummus, and falafel wrap 
  • Black rice, beetroot with walnut and fetta salad 
  • Karaage chicken served with slaw and mayonnaise 
  • Mediterranean plate with falafel, tabouli and hummus
  • Freshly baked cookies 
  • Chocolate coconut Macaroon 
  • Scones topped with fresh cream and Jam Gelato cups 

A selection freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, wraps and healthy snacks will continue to be served to complement the new menu items. 


All Virgin Australia services operated by Link Airways will continue to earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points and up to double Status Credits^ as part of an ongoing loyalty promotion. 

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