With Virgin’s announcement that it would begin operating direct flights from Adelaide to Bali, South Australians hoping to travel abroad soon will have additional alternatives.
On December 14 this year, you can fly directly from Adelaide to Denpasar.
Only Jetstar flies the five-and-a-half-hour direct route, but Virgin is launching a price war by offering round-trip tickets for less than $400.
Virgin Australia has announced that it will begin operating direct flights from Adelaide to Bali, giving South Australians greater alternatives for travelling abroad. (9News)
At first, Virgin will fly three times a week, but by the end of January, they will only fly once a day.
Officials at the airport are crossing their fingers that this will encourage international passenger numbers to return to pre-pandemic levels.
“When we started in May back into Bali, we’ve seen demand levels well above what they were in 2019, and we’re excited to see how this demand carries through into the new year,” Virgin Australia’s Alistair Hartley said.
According to Adelaide Airport Managing Director Brenton Cox, it is a sign of confidence in the Adelaide market and its goal to expand internationally.
“There is a lot of pent-up demand for South Australians to travel globally, some for the first time in three years. It’s encouraging to see more overseas capacity being deployed to meet this demand, “He stated.
Virgin is the sixth airline to fly internationally from Adelaide, and airport officials hope to add more in the future.
“We’d want to see the airlines that used to fly to Adelaide come back,” Cox said. “Cathay China Southern and Emirates are the key missing pieces.”