Virgin to fly to Darwin

On the first anniversary of Virgin Blue's operation in Australia, the airline has announced it will begin flying between Brisbane and Darwin from next March.

This takes the number of domestic routes Virgin flies to nine.

With full economy return fares on Qantas and Ansett of between $1200 and $1700, often involving flights via Cairns or Sydney, there is certainly scope for the low-cost carrier to set up a viable operation on the route.