Extraordinary demand for Virgin flights ahead of AFL finals

first_imgVirgin Australia, the official airline of the AFL, has responded to strong demand for interstate flights by adding thousands of seats to its flight schedule during the 2015 Toyota AFL Finals Series.Whilst the match schedule for the Finals has not yet been determined, fans are rushing to secure flights across all four weeks of the Series in a show of faith for their teams.The majority of additional flights have been added between Perth and the eastern states. Virgin Australia is also addressing increased demand between Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, the Gold Coast and Hobart for the Toyota AFL Grand Final weekend.Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said: “As the official airline of the AFL we are monitoring demand and working closely with the AFL to ensure as many fans as possible can travel to see their team play during the 2015 Toyota AFL Finals Series.“With the Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles currently topping the ladder, the greatest demand for flights is between the east and west coasts of Australia. Bookings on these routes have already far exceeded those in the corresponding period last year.“We’ve added many flights across the country to cater for demand and we will add further flights should they be required,” Ms Crompton said.AFL General Manager of Commercial Operations, Darren Birch, said; “There is huge interest in this year’s Toyota AFL Finals Series and we are very pleased to have the support of our official airline partner, Virgin Australia, to assist fans, players, and match officials in travelling to and from matches across the country.“In addition to flights, fans can also register now to book great value travel packages through AFL Travel to secure flights with Virgin Australia, airport lounge access, accommodation and Finals tickets,” Mr Birch said.Each year Virgin Australia carries the 18 AFL teams on more than 300 flights, travelling more than 450,000km, and provides thousands of extra seats to fans. Book your AFL travel packages hereSource = Virgin Australialast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Six weeks into the 2012 NFL season, it appeared the Arizona Cardinals may have found their franchise quarterback in Kevin Kolb. In March of 2013, the search for that franchise signal caller continues.The Cardinals announced Friday they have cut the quarterback, whose time in the Valley ends after a disappointing two seasons.Reports circulated Friday that Kolb had rejected the Cardinals’ contract restructuring. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img By releasing Kolb, the Cardinals will save $7.5 million against the 2013 salary cap, which is set at $123 million.Acquired by the team from Philadelphia for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick in August 2011, Kolb was expected to become the team’s solution at quarterback.Since entering Week 1 in relief of an injured John Skelton, Kolb had completed 59.6 percent of his passes and thrown for 1,169 yards. He tossed eight touchdown passes against just three interceptions and, perhaps most important, had led the Cardinals to a 4-1 record. Then Kolb suffered shoulder and rib injuries in a Week 6 loss to the Buffalo Bills, maladies he was unable to recover from. And now, the Kolb era in Arizona has come to an end.Instead, injuries and ineffectiveness plagued the signal caller over the course of his time in Arizona, and with a $2 million roster bonus along with a $9 million salary on the way this season, and after adding free agent quarterback Drew Stanton, the franchise decided it best to part ways.Kolb leaves Arizona having played in just 15 games for the Cardinals — including 14 starts. He threw for 3,124 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more