25 September 2021

Virgin Australia boosts Byron Bay (Ballina), Hamilton Island flights

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Virgin Australia will offer more flights into both Byron Bay (Ballina) and Hamilton Island from November, as part of a broader revamp of its network that also has the airline resuming its Brisbane-Alice Springs route, and returning to Brisbane-Emerald via its Alliance Airlines partnership.

From 9 November 2020, services between Brisbane and Hamilton Island climb to 10 return flights per week, up from just three return flights per week three months ago.

As of the same date, Virgin Australia’s flights between Sydney and Byron Bay (Ballina) will also climb to 10 return flights per week grow to eight weekly return flights.


Flight numbersVA1495/1497 (BNE-HTI), VA1496/1498 (HTI-BNE)
Operating daysEvery day
Distance553 miles / 890 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time1 hour 40 minutes (BNE-HTI)
1 hour 35 minutes (HTI-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:

7 status credits on Getaway fares
15 status credits on Elevate and Group fates
25 status credits on Freedom fares
50 status credits on Business Saver fares
55 status credits on Business fares
Reward cost (one-way)7,800 Velocity points + taxes, fees and charges (economy)
15,500 Velocity points + taxes, fees and charges (business class)
Business class upgrade cost (one-way)From Getaway and Elevate fares: 10,000 Velocity Points
From Freedom fares: 4,900 Velocity Points
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Flight numbersVA1139/1141 (SYD-BNK), VA1138/1142 (BNK-SYD)
Operating daysEvery day
Distance378 miles / 608 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time1 hour 15 minutes (SYD-BNK)
1 hour 25 minutes (BNK-SYD)
AircraftBoeing 737-800
Rewards earned (one-way)Same points and status credits earn rates as above
Reward cost (one-way)Same reward and upgrade costs as above

Additionally, the airline will operate up to three return flights per day from both Brisbane and Sydney to Adelaide, effective 16 November.

“The increased frequencies to Byron Bay, Hamilton Island and Adelaide will help the tourism industry to get back on its feet,” said Virgin Australia Group Chief Commercial Officer John MacLeod.

Virgin’s rival QantasLink also brought new flights into Byron Bay (Ballina) in recent months, with services from Sydney taking off back in July.

Earlier news: QantasLink launches flights from Sydney to Byron Bay

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