Emirates and Virgin Blue airlines have teamed up
to launch the Emirates Visit Australia Pass.
The pass offers attractively-priced
domestic connections to 22 additional Australian destinations on
Virgin Blue from all four Australian cities currently served by
Emirates: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
passengers visiting this large, diverse and stunning country can
extend their journey to Adelaide, Albury, Broome, Byron Bay,
Cairns, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Fraser Coast, Gold Coast,
Hamilton Island, Hobart, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Mildura,
Newcastle, Newman, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and
Whitsunday Coast with Virgin Blue.
The selection of cities is
expected to be
expanded to include new destinations operated by Virgin Blue in
The Emirates Visit Australia Pass heralds positive
news for Australian tourism - especially for centres outside the
Emirates and Virgin Blue signed an
interline agreement last month to
provide a convenient, single ticket option for travellers flying
to regional points in Australia.
Both initiatives will pave the
way for seamless travel between Emirates’ extensive global network
of 99 destinations in 60 countries, and Virgin Blue’s robust
Richard Vaughan, Emirates’
Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Worldwide
said, “Due to the sheer size of Australia, many visitors prefer
to fly as against drive within the country. With the Emirates
Visit Australia Pass our passengers will benefit from an increased
reach, conveniently accessing 22 additional Australian gateways
from our four online points.”
must be issued in combination with return flights on Emirates to
Australia on a single ticket. The international return journey
must originate outside Australia and New Zealand.
it means an enhanced travel experience with simple and streamlined
ticketing. A minimum of two and a maximum of four domestic Virgin
Blue flights can be combined with Emirates flights. Ticketing must
be completed by 31st March 2010 and travel should conclude within
the validity period of the international ticket.
guests transiting through Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
will be provided free transfers between the domestic and
Visit Australia Pass is an encouraging development for the
Australian tourism industry as it offers an easy incentive for
overseas travellers to see more of Australia and thereby stay
longer. Emirates’ initiative to sell this product via travel
agents worldwide is testament to its commitment to the Australian
market,” Mr. Vaughan added.
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