Virgin Australia takes off for Vanuatu, Samoa

More tropical escapes and island getaways beckon…

By David Flynn, January 5 2023
Virgin Australia takes off for Vanuatu, Samoa

Virgin Australia will resume flying to Vanuatu and Samoa in March as the airline continues to spread its wings and rebuilding its international network.

And those flights are now on sale, with plenty of rewards seats available using Velocity Points – for example, flights to Vanuatu show economy reward seats starting at 32,900 points, or 11,800 points and $126 under the ‘points + pay’ option.

“The addition of Samoa and Vanuatu to Virgin Australia’s network will give holiday makers and those looking to reconnect with family and friends a greater choice of Pacific Island destinations,” a Virgin Australia spokesperson tells Executive Traveller.

As you’d expect, those flights will all be on Virgin Australia’s workhorse Boeing 737 jets, with a comfortable business class and extra legroom Economy X seats for these relatively short flights.

First up is the three-hour jaunt from Brisbane to Port Vila, Vanuatu, running five days a week – specifically Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – from March 10 (although the weekend flights will be paused from May through to late June).

The Blue Cave on Tanna Island is one of Vanuatu's most famous sights.
The Blue Cave on Tanna Island is one of Vanuatu's most famous sights.

The Samoan capital of Apia will see “up to three flights pre week” from Sydney commencing March 21, with Tuesday and Saturday as the mainstays for a 9am departure from Sydney to reach the Polynesian island nation at 5pm.

The return leg is also a convenient daytime flight, leaving Apia at 6.05pm that same day to land in Sydney at 9.40pm.

Beginning March 23 there’ll also be a Brisbane-Apia flight every Thursday and Sunday, albeit with a redeye from Brisbane at 9.25pm to arrive into Apia at 5.20am.

Samoa and Vanuatu will join Bali and New Zealand’s Queenstown on Virgin’s route map, although arguably the most eyebrow-raising route is Cairns to Tokyo, set for take off on June 28 aboard one of Virgin’s factory-fresh Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.

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