I had heard rumours earlier this year of Virgin Blue Airlines eyeing up the Bali market and now it is a reality and a welcomed one for all Australians travelling to their favourite holiday destination. Pacific Blue will begin flights to Bali from three Australian airports and to celebrate its new Bali flights, the airline has launched a “Gnarly Bali” sale fare. Flights are on sale now until 26 September 2008 for travel from 1 December – 14 December 2008 and 1 February – 31 March 2009. There will be 11 direct flights a week between Australia and Indonesia from 1 December this year and just in time for the peak Christmas holiday period. The carrier will operate direct services from Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey,was quoted as saying, “Venturing into a brand new market is tremendously exciting for our Group of airlines, particularly given the new flights to Indonesia will be our first foray into Asia.”
He continued, “Our Pacific Blue brand has a strong focus on leisure markets and Bali is a natural fit and an obvious choice for Pacific Blue services. It will bring increased competition and a high quality, affordable and importantly, a direct flying option between these three Australian cities and Bali.”
Here’s a quick look at the unbelievably cheap prices I obtained from their website:
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Perth – Denpasar from $199*
Brisbane – Denpasar from $299*
Adelaide – Denpasar from $299*
Sydney – Denpasar from $379*^
Melbourne – Denpasar from $379*^
Canberra – Denpasar from $379*^
Sale Period: 19 September 2008 to Midnight 26 September 2008
Travel Period 1: 01 December 2008 to 14 December 2008
Travel Period 2: 01 February 2009 to 31 March 2009
*Subject to regulatory approval. All fares are subject to availability, are for one way travel and include taxes, fees and surcharges. Seats are limited and may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fare prices are based on sale fares. Fares are one way on the net or $15 more by phone. A credit card surcharge of $5 per person per one way flight is applicable for flights internationally. Fares are correct as at Sept 18, 2008 and are subject to change. International return fare may vary with the addition of local taxes and charges.