Virgin Australia will become the first Australian carrier to fly direct between the Gold Coast and Bali, with daily flights commencing on 29 March 2023.

The announcement comes as Virgin prepares to restart flights to Bali from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this week.

CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the addition of the new Bali service reflected the growth in demand for services in and out of the Gold Coast Airport.

“We are currently seeing continued growth in travel demand for Gold Coast services and are operating up to 180 domestic flights outbound each week,” Ms Hrdlicka said.

“In May alone our Gold Coast bookings were up 55 per cent compared to 2019, with bookings on our existing Bali flights up 48 per cent for the same period and growing every week.

“With the addition of the Gold Coast Airport terminal expansion and demand for Bali rising, the time is right to connect these two famous holiday destinations as well as the surf breaks, wellness activities and nightlife that comes with them.”

Virgin Australia’s short-haul international operations continue to grow, with the airline also soon planning to resume services to both Vanuatu and Samoa alongside its services to Fiji, Bali and Queenstown.

Direct services from Brisbane to Port Vila, Vanuatu will commence on 10 March 2023 with up to five flights a week. Services to Apia, Samoa will commence from Sydney on 21 March 2023 with up to three flights per week and from Brisbane on 23 March 2023 with up to two flights per week.

The addition of Samoa and Vanuatu to Virgin Australia’s network will give holiday makers a greater choice of Pacific Island destinations as well as provide those wanting to reconnect with friends and family the opportunity to do so as both destinations open to international travel post COVID-19.

To celebrate, Virgin Australia has dropped a Set Your Sights Overseas sale, with discounts of up to 30 per cent on offer for over 70,000 seats on all the airline’s international routes. Return ‘Economy Lite’ fares on sale until midnight 20 June 2022 include:

  • Gold Coast – Bali from $399
  • Brisbane – Bali from $469
  • Melbourne – Bali from $479
  • Sydney – Bali from $489
  • Brisbane – Vanuatu from $469
  • Sydney – Samoa from $549
  • Brisbane – Samoa from $549
  • Brisbane – Fiji from $449
  • Sydney – Fiji from $459
  • Melbourne – Fiji from $535

In addition, from 15 to 24 June 2022, Velocity Frequent Flyer members will get a bonus of 2,000 Velocity Points when they book Virgin flights between Bali, Fiji, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Samoa, and Australia, for travel until 11 May 2023.

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