Virgin to fly Adelaide – Alice – Darwin

International, domestic and intra Territory travellers will benefit when Virgin Australia begins flights between Alice Springs and Adelaide next year, according to a release from Alice Springs Airport General Manager Dave Batic.


The release says: “Today’s announcement follows last month’s news that Virgin will commence flying the Darwin – Alice springs sector.


“From March 2015, Virgin Australia will operate three flights per week on a Darwin – Alice Springs – Adelaide routing, with travellers also enjoying a new regional lounge at Alice Springs Airport.


“For the first time, Virgin Australia will offer two destinations from Alice Springs and will also open up travel opportunities between Adelaide and Darwin with a short stop in Alice Springs.


“The flights will be conveniently timed to offer a morning departure from Darwin and Alice Springs to Adelaide, with early afternoon return services from Adelaide back to the NT.


“We also know that trips combining NT and South Australia are often seen in international itineraries, so this is great news from a tourism access perspective.


“Virgin Australia’s partnership with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir presents opportunities for international travel to the Territory, especially now that SilkAir will be flying to Darwin six times per week from May 2015.


“The value of this relationship cannot be underestimated — it has just been announced that for the first time the two airlines have arranged a direct transfer of points between their frequent flyer schemes. Improved access will also be provided from the USA and NZ via Air New Zealand’s Auckland – Adelaide services.


“The Darwin – Alice Springs – Adelaide services will be operated by Virgin Australia’s 176-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which includes complimentary wireless inflight entertainment for all passengers.”



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  1. Lianne
    Posted February 20, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Finally, after waiting many years for Virgin to do this! Instead of flying all around the country and losing valuable time I now can get there at a decent time.
    Previously had to fly Jetstar as it was the quickest and cheapest but now they have reverted back to their ridiculous departure times. I go my preferred option of Virgin.

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  2. Posted November 25, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    When Virgin comes, it would be good to see government agencies (Federal and NT) use the service for the many taxpayer funded trips public servants take.
    Perhaps both QANTAS and Virgin could be used as appropriate to spread the joy and help Virgin make sufficient profit to stay longer than last time.
    Using only one of the two available services, for convenience, if that is what could happen, wouldn’t be in our best interests.

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  3. Jasmine Ross
    Posted November 22, 2014 at 11:45 am

    This is great news but our tourism sector also needs these flights ex Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
    Hopefully we can again attract people here and make these routes viable!

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  4. Hal Duell
    Posted November 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

    This is really welcome news. Can’t wait to see the schedule.

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  5. Carmel Denton
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Alice Springs will welcome Virgin coming to Alice Springs. We have been fleeced by Qantas for far too long.

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