Jetstar expands Canberra network with new Melbourne and Gold Coast flights
Jetstar has announced two new routes from Canberra following the success of their Canberra to Brisbane route introduced in December 2021. The airline has announced that it will begin flying between Canberra and Melbourne on July 1, with a Canberra-Gold Coast service following in mid-September.
Canberra Airport Managing Director, Stephen Byron said ‘Domestic aviation is strong, and Jetstar’s expansion proves that the low-cost model works for our city and the region. This firmly cements Jetstar’s presence in Canberra which is great news for leisure travel.’
The announcement, according to Chief Minister Andrew Barr, is a “positive show of confidence” in the national capital, as more people resume travel for business and pleasure following the pandemic restrictions.
“Jetstar’s entry to the Canberra market in December last year made it cheaper and easier to travel to and from south-east Queensland,” Mr Barr said.
“The strong take up of this route by Canberrans and visitors alike has now provided the opportunity to work with the popular carrier to add more flights across their extensive network.”
Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said the expansion of flights to and from Canberra was a significant milestone for Jetstar.
“We’re excited to add an additional two routes into Canberra, following the success of our Brisbane-Canberra flights which took off only a few months ago,” he said.
“The Canberra region has a huge amount to offer visitors with blockbuster exhibitions and world-class museums and galleries, as well as lots of activities for school groups.
“Canberra is also the gateway to Thredbo, one of Australia’s most sought-after ski and mountain-biking destinations, which will be popular with Melburnians.”
Mr Evans said a new low-cost route to the Gold Coast would be excellent news for Canberra residents, given the location is frequently regarded as one of Australia’s most popular family vacation destinations.
Taking off from 1 July, the new Melbourne flights will operate daily services with an Airbus A320, providing more than 130,000 seats between the two cities annually.
Flights to and from the Gold Coast will commence from 16 September, with four weekly return services carrying up to 75,000 travellers each year.
Further information about Jetstar’s new routes can be found here.