After a gap of three years, Virgin Australia is returning to the Melbourne – Denpasar route from the end of March 2020.
Virgin Australia handed over the route to its low cost subsidiary, Tigerair, who flew the route until June 2017 when it ended ingloriously.
As a part of Virgin Australia’s route and cost review, the airline reckons it can make a buck off the route so is jumping back onto it.
Effective 29 March 2020, Virgin Australia will fly Melbourne – Denpasar – Melbourne five times a week. The timetable is below:
|Dep Melbourne (MEL)||VA025||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat Sun||16:45|
|Arr Denpasar (DPS)||21:10|
|Dep Denpasar (DPS)||VA026||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat Sun||23:20|
|Arr Melbourne (MEL)||06:55 (+1)|
It’s a late afternoon flight up to Denpasar and the usual overnight flight back to Australia. Whilst I appreciate there are airline utilisation issues, how I loathe those overnight flights back from Denpasar.
Virgin Australia will send their fleet workhorse, the Boeing 737-800, to Denpasar. Six hours sitting in a 737 doesn’t appeal much to me. Jetstar and Garuda Indonesia are the sole airlines offering wide body aircraft on the route.
Virgin Australia’s first flight back to Denpasar from Melbourne will depart 29 March 2020. The flights are currently for sale.
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