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Virgin Australia Regional Airlines is an Australian regional airline that operates flights out of its hub base, Perth Airport (PER). The airline is one of the top choices for domestic flights within Australia, particularly within and from the Western Australia region. It currently operates 14 regularly scheduled flights within Australia and its territories.

The airline was founded in 1963 as Carnarvon Air Taxis and flying charter flights. Carnarvon Air later in 1979 changed its brand name to Skywest Aviation and moved to Perth Airport (PER). Skywest Airlines under its new name bought out Stillwell Airlines and its routes; as well as its 39 aircraft and made it the second-largest commuter airline in Australia at the time. The airline in 1982 also merged with Transwest Airlines.

In April 2013, Virgin Australia acquired Skywest Airlines and the airline became part of the Virgin Australia brand. Since then, it has been flying as the regional airline of Virgin Australia, which has further established its credibility as a household name for flights within Australia.

Baggage Policy

The airline's baggage includes all bags, carry-ons, laptop bags, purses and other items. All baggage must be weighed.

Carry-on Baggage

Each passenger is allowed a standard piece of hand luggage of 7 kg and an overall dimension of 56cm, 36cm, 23cm in length + width + height).

Checked Baggage

All checked baggage on domestic shouldn't exceed 140 cm overall dimensions (length + width + height). Economy passengers are allowed to take one 23 kg checked baggage.

Cabin Classes

The airline mostly operates small flights and therefore there is only one cabin class that is provided on its aircraft and that is basic Economy class.

Economy Class Facilities

The airline offers you a range of amenities including meals, beverages, one free checked piece of baggage and the option of choosing your seat.

Selected flights have seats that are fitted in with TV monitors and are linked to the airlines' inflight entertainment system. Passengers are also given complimentary food and drink in Economy class, with the exception of some Australian domestic flights.


Seats are arranged in a 3 x 3 formation depending on the aircraft.


Virgin Australia Regional Airlines passengers can check-in either online or at the airport.

Online Check-in

Online check-in available for domestic flights is available 48 hours to 45 minutes prior to your flight's departure.

Airport Check-in

When passengers arrive at the airport terminal, they'll be required to hand in their boarding pass and the airline will then take in the luggage. Getting checked-in will take a few minutes. The airline emphasis for passengers to arrive a few hours before their scheduled departure time. The airline crew from their will be ready to help in the check-in and boarding process.

Airline Alliance

The airline currently isn't part of any airline alliance however it's owned by Virgin Australia Holdings.

Frequent Flyer Program


Virgin Australian Regional Airlines has a frequent flyer program called Velocity. This program allows frequent flyers with benefits through tiers including Red status, Silver Status, Gold Status and Platinum Status. Members can benefit from priority check-in and boarding, lounge access, business class upgrades among others.

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Destinations that Virgin Australia Regional Airlines flies to

The airline has scheduled flights to 14 destinations within Australia. These destinations include Adelaide, Darwin, Alice Springs, Melbourne, Broome and among others. If you're looking to fly within Australia, our guide to domestic flights within Australia offers lots of helpful information.

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Hub Airport

Perth Airport (PER)

Perth Airport (PER) is an international public airport in Perth, Western Australia. The airport serves over 13.7 million passengers each year. The airport is located in the 10 km east of Perth. Perth Airport (PER) is the fourth busiest airport in Australia.

The 30 airlines that fly to and from the airport include Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, Network AviationAlliance AirlinesQantasQantasLinkSkippers AviationVirgin Australia and among others.


Overall, the airline has a fleet of 20 aircraft ranging all from Fokker 100 and Airbus A320-200 that can in total carry 2,408 passengers at one time. The airline operates a fleet of 20 aircraft:

  • 14 x Fokker 100 (100 passengers per aircraft)
  • 6 x Airbus A320-200 (168 passengers per aircraft)

Frequently asked questions

What happened to Virgin Australia Regional Airlines during 2020?

In 2020, the parent company of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (Virgin Australia Holdings) went into administration. There was some doubt on the future of Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines. However, by the end of the year, the company found new owners and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines has flown as usual ever since.

Is Virgin Australia Regional Airlines the same airline as Skywest Airlines?

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and Skywest Airlines are the same airline. Skywest Airline is what the airline was called before it was bought out by Virgin Australia Holding and rebranded to Virgin Australia Regional Airlines. The airline flew as Skywest Airlines between 1979–2013.