Virgin Australia brings back flights from Brisbane to Alice Springs, Emerald

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Virgin Australia is heading back to both Alice Springs and Emerald from Brisbane, restoring non-stop flights to both destinations, which had previously been paused.

Alice Springs will bounce back first, with two return flights per week from 3 November 2020, operated by Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft, fitted with business class and economy.

Emerald follows from 23 November, with five weekly return flights operated by Alliance Airlines on behalf of Virgin Australia, in an economy-only layout aboard a Fokker 100 jet.

BRISBANE-ALICE SPRINGS

Flight numbersVA1023 (BNE-ASP), VA1026 (ASP-BNE)
Operating daysTuesdays, Thursdays
Distance1,221 miles / 1,985 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time3 hours 20 minutes (BNE-ASP)
3 hours even (ASP-BNE)
AircraftBoeing 737-800
Seating capacity176 passengers (8 business class, 30 Economy X, 138 economy class)
Loyalty programVelocity Frequent Flyer
Rewards earned (one-way)5 Velocity points per $1 spent, plus:

10 status credits on Getaway fares
20 status credits on Elevate and Group fates
30 status credits on Freedom fares
60 status credits on Business Saver fares
70 status credits on Business fares
Reward cost (one-way)17,800 Velocity points + taxes, fees and charges (economy)
35,500 Velocity points + taxes, fees and charges (business class)
Business class upgrade cost (one-way)From Getaway and Elevate fares: 30,000 Velocity Points
From Freedom fares: 9,900 Velocity Points
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BRISBANE-EMERALD

Flight numbersVA1255/1263 (BNE-EMD), VA1256/1264 (EMD-BNE)
Operating daysMondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Distance406 miles / 653 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time1 hour 35 minutes (BNE-EMD)
1 hour 25 minutes (EMD-BNE)
AircraftFokker 100
Seating capacity100 passengers
Rewards earned (one-way)5 Velocity points per $1 spent, plus:

7 status credits on Getaway fares
15 status credits on Elevate and Group fates
25 status credits on Freedom fares
Reward cost (one-way)7,800 Velocity points + taxes, fees and charges (economy)

“The expansion of our network to include Emerald (once again) and an additional route into Alice Springs recognises our long-standing commitment to regional Australia,” said John MacLeod, Virgin Australia Group Chief Commercial Officer.

The routes “will deliver choice and convenience for those communities and businesses.”

Virgin Australia had previously announced plans to exit from eight regional routes including Ayers Rock in the Northern Territory and Cloncurry in Queensland, and shortly after, also confirmed that Alliance Airlines would terminate flights between Brisbane and Bundaberg, as were operated on behalf of Virgin Australia.

All Virgin Australia airport lounges currently remain closed, with the airline’s lounge in Alice Springs said to have been closed permanently.

Earlier news: Virgin Australia departs from eight regional routes

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