Australian airline announces direct flights to Bali from the Gold Coast for first time EVER – and there’s no extra fees for surf boards
- Gold Coast to Bali direct services will be on tap next year as demand heats up
- Virgin Australia announced flights to the popular spot will start in March 2023
- Return flights to Bali were going from $399, with no fees for surfers’ boards
- Mike Dwyer from Main Beach Travel said appeal for international travel is soaring
- International prices across board are up by 40 per cent since pre-Covid levels
Holidaymakers will have a pathway to Bali after Virgin Australia announced a new direct route, where surfers can BYO surfboard at no extra cost.
A Gold Coast to Bali route will open up in March 2023 in response to ‘massive demand and increased growth’ in South East Queensland.
Virgin Australia will become the first Australian carrier ever to offer direct flights between the destinations, connecting two of the world’s premier surfing havens.
Misty mountain health retreats overlooking rice paddies are a huge drawcard for Aussies in Bali, seeking a quieter, calmer experience
Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said travel to the popular destination has ramped up with bookings to the island (pictured) up by 48 per cent since 2019 and growing
Virgin Australia have $399 return flights up for grabs for travel in April 2023, after opening up a popular and growing route to the region after two years of Aussie travellers biding their time
Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the airline was seeing travel demand from the Gold Coast ramping up, with up to 180 domestic flights going outbound each week.
‘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,’ Ms Hrdlicka said in a statement.
Mike Dwyer from Main Beach Travel on the Gold Coast told Daily Mail Australia he thinks the flights out of the Coolangatta airport will be welcomed.
‘One of the challenges for Gold Coast people is driving to Brisbane airport, you never know when its going to take an hour, or three hours,’ Mr Dwyer said.
‘Bali is really popular with broad demographics, young people, families, people looking for health resorts in the hills, spas – it’s a real mixed bag.’
The health spa retreats in the Bali hills are more sought after, with tourists taking advantage of the misty mountain retreats overlooking rice paddies.
Mr Dwyer said demand for international travel is back to pre-Covid levels, but capacity for services is lacking.
‘With demand exceeding supply, we are seeing airfares 40 per cent higher than they were pre-Covid, I would imagine [the new service] would have some pretty good offers in place.’
Punters wanting to check out the Kuta beach or Lombok Island surf beaches can take along their surfboards for no extra cost with Virgin Australia.
‘Surfboards enclosed in a protective hardcase bag, with fins removed, that weigh less than 23kg and are shorter than 3m incur no excess baggage fees and are considered part of your checked baggage allowance when you book a Choice or Flex fare with Virgin Australia,’ the airline’s statement said.
Flights can be booked from March 29 next year onwards, with more than 2,200 seats available each week and some going for a low $399 return.
Flights can be booked to Bali (pictured, Balinese artists performing in a cultural parade this month) from March 29 next year onwards, with more than 2,200 seats available each week and some going for a low $399 return
Mike Dwyer from Main Beach Travel on the Gold Coast said demand for flights to the popular destination was growing with the broad demographics of young people, families and people looking for health resorts in the hills driving the boom in travel to the region