Virgin Australia will begin two new services to Uluru from Melbourne and Brisbane starting in June next year.
Melbourne will offer four flights a week while Brisbane will have three.
The new services mark the return of Virgin to Uluru following a three-year hiatus. The destination is currently only being served by Qantas and Jetstar.
“The return of Virgin Australia to the spiritual heart of the nation represents significant progress for tourism to Central Australia and particularly for Indigenous employment, tourism and training at Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru,” said Matt Cameron-Smith, CEO of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, who backed the move in alongside the NT Government’s Aviation Attraction Scheme.
“These new routes deliver more choice for travel to the NT, but also an abundance of convenient international connections through Virgin Australia’s global network of partners.
“Demand to visit Uluru is incredibly strong – driven by a wealth of amazing cultural experiences including the world-first $10 million cultural drone and storytelling experience, Wintjiri Wiru.
“We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for Virgin Australia’s return to the Red Centre.”
Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said Uluru is a cultural landmark “that identifies this wonderful country to the world”.
“We look forward to once again connecting Australians and international tourists alike, to the spiritual heartland of Australia,” she said.
“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.”