Virgin may fly Sydney-Melbourne

Virgin Blue is not taking the threat to airfare competition lying down, announcing it may take on Qantas and Ansett on the busy Sydney-Melbourne route now that Impulse has withdrawn.

Services could commence before the end of the year after slots at Sydney Airport were awarded to Virgin as a condition of the Impulse-Qantas merger. Keep an eye on FlightChoice for Virgin's fare offers when released, or join InfoChoice and register for our email alerts.

Virgin has also cut its Sydney-Brisbane lowest one-way fare to $55 to match Qantas on this route. Ansett still has this fare at $66 and we are yet to see if it will follow.

It appears the Impulse-Qantas deal has not ended airfare discounting as feared with competition – so far – alive and well in our skies.

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