In welcome news for Victorians, Virgin Australia’s inaugural service between Melbourne and Ballina Byron Bay departed from Melbourne today.
Virgin Australia’s shiny new route from Melbourne to Ballina Byron Bay (VA1197) will depart Tullamarine airport at 12:10pm, arriving two hours and twenty minutes later and will operate six times per week over the busy Easter holiday period.
While the flights are initially operating from today until 25 April 2021, Virgin Australia says they have been buoyed by the demand for the services and are actively reviewing the potential to extend them into other holiday periods throughout the year.
Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Lorie Argus said “There is a strong appetite for travel among Victorians and as a result, Melbourne Airport is already seeing more activity around the terminal precinct.”
“This shift is really exciting for us and the entire airport community that benefits from additional passengers.”
Lorie Argus, Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation
An Easter beach break awaits
Guests travelling on today’s inaugural flight were treated to a special surprise visit from the Easter Bunny before heading off for some sun, surf and relaxation in Northern NSW.
Virgin Australia General Manager Network and Revenue Management Russell Shaw said “The Easter Holiday period is traditionally one of our busiest times of the year and while international borders remain closed, new routes like Melbourne to Ballina Byron Bay are proving particularly popular.”
“These services will deliver a much-needed boost for local tourism and bring more Victorians to the North Coast of NSW, a region famous for its magnificent beaches, forested hinterland and stylish coastal towns and villages.”
“We’ll continue to look at opportunities to support new routes where there is demand and explore ways to further help deliver a boost for tourism businesses,” Shaw concluded.
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