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Jetstar announces new Newcastle to Cairns season


For Novocastrians with a passion for travel, it’s time to get excited.

Jetstar has just announced more flights connecting Newcastle and Cairns, with fares from as little as $109. 

And, Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock welcomed the move.

“I want to thank the people of our community for how they’ve backed our Cairns connection and to Jetstar for their show of confidence in our region,” he said.

“Our locals love tropical leisure destinations.

“So, we’re very excited to partner with Jetstar and Cairns Airport to deliver this new season to one of Australia’s favourite far-north playgrounds.”

The low-cost carrier has added a further 110 flights from 25 June to 29 October.

Jetstar will fly three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

JQ895 is scheduled to take off from Newcastle Airport at 12.05pm, landing in Cairns at 2.55pm.

Another plane, JQ894, will depart Far North Queensland at 8.50am and arrive in the Hunter at 11.30am.

On Saturday, however, flights will leave Newcastle at 3.15pm and reach Cairns Airport at 6.05pm.

“The services are expected to carry up to 4,000 passengers per month,” Dr Cock said.

“Jetstar will continue to monitor demand and assess whether the route will be extended beyond October 2022.

“Flight times can vary, so please check the Jetstar website for details and remember to look for the direct flight, which is approximately two hours and 50 minutes.”

The current seasonal service has been operating since December 2021 and will end briefly on 30 April, with the new timetable launching in time for the mid-year school holiday period.

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