Virgin Australia has announced a return to Uluru, expanding the airline's domestic network with two new direct services connecting the iconic destination with Melbourne and Brisbane, starting June 6, 2024 and June 7, 2024 respectively. It will be the first time Virgin Australia has ever operated Uluru services from Brisbane and Melbourne.
Flights between Brisbane and Uluru will operate three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Melbourne to Uluru services will operate up to four times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. These new domestic flights will allow for more seamless flight connections, particularly when flying with Virgin Australia’s North American codeshare partner, United Airlines, and more options for travel when connecting from major East Coast gateways.
Launched in partnership with the Northern Territory Government and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia (operators of Ayers Rock Resort), the new services will inject more than 62,000 seats per year to the "Red Centre." The new services will also support the growth of the Indigenous Tourism sector, contributing to the Northern Territory’s more than AUD$3 billion (approximately $1.9 billion) visitor expenditure.
Virgin Australia CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka, said Uluru is somewhere everyone should visit because of its cultural significance and natural beauty. “Uluṟu is a special place in Australia and a cultural landmark that identifies this wonderful country to the world. We look forward to once again connecting Australians and international tourists alike, to the spiritual heartland of Australia,” said Hrdlicka.
“We are also 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. Greater competition in the market and more seat capacity to Uluru will also provide travelers with more choice and value next time they fly to the 'Red Centre.'"