The demand for Aussies wanting to travel to Bali is high — and as a result Virgin Australia has relaunched one of its routes.
Excited Bali-starved travellers can now travel to the tourist hotspot from Adelaide to Denpasar on Virgin Australia.
The airline made the announcement on Wednesday, revealing it has relaunched services between Adelaide and Bali, adding to its list of short-haul international destinations.
It comes after the Aussie airline put on hold the service for two years due to the pandemic.
The route, which takes off on December 14, 2022, will offer up to an additional 2,464 seats per week to Bali when operating daily and more than 70,000 extra seats to Bali each year.
To celebrate, it has dropped Economy Lite sale fares between Adelaide and Denpasar from $399 return with tickets available to book now until September, 25, 2022.
“The return of our direct services between Adelaide and Denpasar is a reflection of the growing demand we continue to see for Bali since relaunching from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne earlier this year and announcing our first-ever direct Gold Coast services commencing in March 2023,” Virgin Australia Group Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer, Alistair Hartley said.
“Adelaide is incredibly important to Virgin Australia, it’s our sixth largest port by scheduled flights, so we know this will be welcome news for South Australians and the perfect opportunity to get back to the skies with our great value fares and award-winning crew.”
The demand for Virgin’s services to Bali are up 190 per cent according to figures from May 1 to September 22, in comparison to the same period in 2019.
The Aussie airline is set to operate up to 41 return flights per week to Bali, when the first-ever direct services between the Gold Coast and Denpasar commence in March 2023.
Adelaide Airport managing director, Brenton Cox said given there is significant pent-up demand for South Australians wanting to head out and see the world, it’s “exciting” to see the route relaunched.
“It’s exciting to see more international capacity deployed to fulfil this demand and we thank Virgin Australia for their investment and the vote of confidence this service provides to our Adelaide market,” Mr Cox said.
Zoe Bettison, South Australian Minister for Tourism, described it as a “positive step” in the return to international travel.
“The State Government is working with Adelaide Airport and airlines to grow capacity and provide greater connections globally, as we aim to recover our once $8.1 billion visitor economy,” Ms Bettison said.
The Adelaide service will be the fifth direct route operated by Virgin Australia connecting Australians to Bali, alongside the launch of services to Indonesia (Denpasar), Fiji (Nadi) and New Zealand (Queenstown) this year and Samoa (Apia), and Vanuatu (Port Vila) in March next year.