Virgin Australia to launch flights to the ‘Red Centre’ Uluru

A Virgin Australia Boeing 737 taxis under an overcast sky.
Mehdi Nazarinia GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons

Virgin Australia has today announced a return to Uluru, expanding the airline’s domestic network with two new direct services connecting the iconic ‘Red Centre’ destination with Melbourne and Brisbane, starting 6 June 2024 and 7 June 2024 respectively.

It will be the first time Virgin Australia has ever operated Uluru services from Brisbane and Melbourne.

Uluru & the Red Centre

Virgin Australia’s new services promise to add over 62,000 seats per year to Uluru, marking a significant boost for tourism in the region.

These direct flights aim to provide travelers with more choice and value, supporting the growth of the Indigenous Tourism sector and contributing to the Northern Territory’s impressive $3 billion visitor expenditure.

The partnership with the Northern Territory Government and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is not just about connectivity; it’s also about connecting people to the spiritual heartland of Australia.

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Uluru’s Global Recognition

The spotlight on Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has perhaps benefitted from recent international attention, with The New York Times naming it one of the Top 52 Places to Travel this year.

The region is renowned for its internationally acclaimed tourism experiences, such as the mesmerizing Field of Light Installation, the innovative Wintjiri Wiru cultural storytelling experience, and an array of arts and cultural tours catering to all ages.

To celebrate this milestone, Virgin Australia will offer an exclusive Uluru flight sale, with fares starting as low as $129 one-way in Economy.

Travel enthusiasts can seize this opportunity for journeys from June 6, 2024, to September 12, 2024. The offer is valid until midnight AEST on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, or until sold out.

Photo Credits: Virgin Australia

Ayers Rock Resort is also joining the celebration, unveiling a special Welcome Offer for stays at Uluru starting from $150 per night at the Lost Camel Hotel.

Virgin Australia CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka, emphasizes the cultural significance and natural beauty of Uluru, highlighting it as a must-visit destination.

Direct flights from Melbourne and Brisbane, in partnership with international airline connections, are expected to provide a substantial tourism boost, offering travelers greater choice and value when exploring the Red Centre.

The Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Joel Bowden, expresses gratitude for Virgin Australia’s support in showcasing significant tourist attractions.

This development, made possible through the Territory Aviation Attraction Scheme and Voyages’ strong partnership, aligns with the Territory Government’s commitment to enhancing aviation access throughout the region.

Indigenous Progress and Opportunities

Matt Cameron-Smith, CEO of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, sees Virgin Australia’s return as a pivotal moment for tourism in Central Australia. Beyond the tourism boost, the move signifies progress for Indigenous employment, tourism, and training at Ayers Rock Resort.

With new routes offering convenient international connections, Uluru continues to be a magnetic destination, drawing visitors from around the globe.

The inaugural flights are set to take off on June 6, 2024, providing ample time for travelers to immerse themselves in the Northern Territory’s peak tourism season, spanning from May to October.

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