Virgin Australia is resuming flights to Uluru after four years, starting next June.
The airline will fly from Melbourne and Brisbane to Uluru for the first time, commencing on 6 and 7 June 2024 respectively. Brisbane services will operate three times per week and Melbourne up to four times per week, adding more than 62,000 seats per year to the Red Centre.
Virgin previously flew between Sydney and Uluru for a decade pre-pandemic, a service that ended in March 2020. CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the airline is pleased to offer direct flights 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,” she said.
“Greater competition in the market and more seat capacity to Uluru will also provide travellers with more choice and value next time they fly to the Red Centre.
“We carried over 19 million passengers domestically last year and we are excited to be adding more destinations to our network that connect Australians and open a new gateway of travel between our most popular tourist destinations and the world.”
NT Minister for Tourism and Hospitality Joel Bowden welcomed Virgin back to Uluru, saying the Territory appreciates the carrier connecting significant tourist destinations to both interstate and international visitors.
“This exciting development was made possible with the Territory Aviation Attraction Scheme and Voyages’ strong partnership, which underpins the Territory Government’s commitment to develop aviation access throughout the Territory,” said Bowden.
“Uluru is a must-do destination and a preferred destination for our international markets. Today’s announcement will also increase connectivity for those international visitors travelling through Melbourne and Brisbane.”
Virgin has yet to announce whether flights will resume between Uluru and Sydney.
Jetstar is the largest airline operating flights to Uluru, with up to 26 services per week to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.