Virgin Australia, the official airline of Supercars, has today announced it has added extra flights from major capital cities to Townsville for the upcoming Watpac Townsville 400.
The flights will accommodate the influx of Supercars fans travelling to and from North Queensland to watch their favourite teams and drivers battle at Reid Park from 7-9 July.
Supercars Chief Executive James Warburton said the seven additional flights will run from Thursday 6 July to Monday 10 July between Townsville and major cities on Australia’s east coast.
“We are thrilled Virgin Australia has made these additional flights available for the thousands of fans heading to the Watpac Townsville 400 from right across Australia,” Warburton said.
“For this reason Supercars and Virgin Australia have partnered to bring fans Supercars Travel, offering a single site where fans can access airfares, accommodation, race tickets and local tourist attractions in any destination a Virgin Australia Supercars event is held.”
John Thomas, Group Executive Virgin Australia Airlines, said: “Virgin Australia is delighted to transport the teams, drivers and thousands of Supercars fans around the country and is particularly proud to support an event that brings such exhilaration and excitement to its fans.
“As the official airline of Supercars, Virgin Australia is committed to helping fans travel to interstate rounds throughout the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.”
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said she welcomed the news, which meant more air access for Supercars fans to attend the premier Watpac Townsville 400 event.
“The Queensland Government has confirmed its continued support of the Gold Coast and Townsville Supercars events until 2019,” Ms Jones said.
“We are committed to supporting major events like this through Tourism and Events Queensland which drive visitation, provide local economic benefits, support local jobs and foster community pride.”
Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill welcomed the announcement.
“We’re always looking to promote Townsville to visitors from other major cities so these extra flights thanks to Virgin Australia are a great way to boost the event and showcase Townsville and all it has to offer,” Cr Hill said.
“Townsville is proud to host the Watpac Townsville 400 and the extra flights will only help to make this year’s event the most successful to date.”
Townsville Enterprise Tourism and Events Director, Bridget Woods, was thrilled to see extra flights for the Watpac Townsville 400.
“These additional flights to Townsville through Virgin Australia will attract even more spectators and visitors to our stunning region,” Ms Woods said.
“Given the significant contribution that events provide the local economy and their ability to have direct and positive impacts on visitation, Townsville Enterprise considers events as one of the regions greatest tourism assets”.
“There is no better time to visit Townsville – with average winter temperatures of 25 degrees and over 300 days of sunshine each year, Supercars fans can certainly leave their winter woollies at home.”
Virgin Australia Ambassador and Supercars driver, Jamie Whincup said: “It’s great that Virgin Australia has add these flights to accommodate Supercars fans heading to and from Townsville’s biggest annual sporting and entertainment event.
“The Watpac Townsville 400 is one of our most important weekends of racing on the calendar and we love seeing fans from around the country at the event.”