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Virgin Australia boomerangs back to Uluṟu with first-ever BNE & MEL services

Virgin Australia will add two new nonstop services from Brisbane and Melbourne to Uluṟu from June 2024, connecting the capital cities directly to the iconic Red Centre destination for the first time and expanding its domestic network.

Virgin Australia will add two new nonstop services from Brisbane and Melbourne to Uluṟu from June 2024, connecting the capital cities directly to the iconic Red Centre destination for the first time and expanding its domestic network.

The VA Melbourne-Uluṟu service will commence on 6 June 2024 followed by the Brisbane-Uluṟu route on 7 June with the launch sale on now.

Thrice-weekly flights between Brisbane and Uluṟu will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Melbourne-Uluṟu services will operate up to four times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Bonza also recently announced three new routes to the NT, commencing this month.

Launched in partnership with the Northern Territory Government and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia (operators of Ayers Rock Resort), the new VA services will add more than 62,000 seats per year to the Red Centre.

VA Red Centre Uluru Autopia
Uluṟu is one of Australia’s most recognised landmarks.

The new services will also support the growth of the Indigenous Tourism sector, contributing to the Northern Territory’s $3 billion-plus visitor expenditure.

Connecting to Australia’s cultural landmark

Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said Uluṟu is somewhere everyone should visit for its cultural significance and natural beauty.

“We are proud to be offering direct flights to Uluṟu from Melbourne and Brisbane for the first time. The forecast demand from these cities, coupled with excellent connectivity from our international airline partners, will provide a much-needed tourism boost to the region,” she said.

“We look forward to once again connecting Australians and international tourists alike to the spiritual heartland of Australia.”

VA Wintjiri Wiru Ayers Rock Resort experiences 2
Wintjiri Wiru at Ayers Rock Resort.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia CEO Matt Cameron-Smith said the airline’s return is significant for NT tourism, particularly for Indigenous employment, tourism and training at Ayers Rock Resort.

“Demand to visit Uluṟu is incredibly strong – driven by a wealth of amazing cultural experiences, including the world-first $10 million cultural drone and storytelling experience Wintjiri Wiru – and we can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for Virgin Australia’s return to the Red Centre.”

For more info, head to virginaustralia.com