Virgin Australia has announced it will be ceasing flights to the holiday island of Bali from 3 cities from March 23rd 2016. Services from Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne will be replaced by Virgin’s low cost subsidiary Tigerair Australia. Virgin has also announced it will be ceasing services to Phuket altogether on January 31st 2016.
Virgin plans to rebrand three of its Boeing 787-800s by repainting them in Tigerair livery and reupholstering the seating in Tigerair colours. The route optimization frees up Virgin to increase capacity in their growing New Zealand and South Pacific market. Bali-Denpasar will be the first international destination for Tigerair Australia, a route that is increasingly dominated in Australia by low cost carriers Jetstar and AirAsia Indonesia. Tigerair is currently promoting fares to Bali from AUD $89. For Virgin’s dedicated Velocity frequent flyers and business travellers flights will continue from Brisbane and Sydney.