Adelaide wins in airfare war

Virgin Blue has announced it will start direct flights between Adelaide and Sydney from March 1.

Virgin says the decision is based on the popularity of its Adelaide-Brisbane and Sydney-Brisbane routes.

As a start-up offer for the first nine days, Virgin is offering all seats on flights on the route for $99. The airline has not yet said how many flights a day will service the route.

With Impulse's decision last week to fly direct between Melbourne and Canberra, there is now true competition with Qantas and Ansett on most routes between the major mainland capital cities.