Jetstar Airways will relaunch direct seasonal services between Newcastle and Cairns following strong demand.
Starting from 24 June, until 28 October, the Airbus A320 aircraft is scheduled to take off three times a week – Monday, Thursday and Saturday, carrying close to 6,000 customers a month.
The popular route, in partnership with Newcastle Airport and Cairns Airport, originated in June 2021.
The latest announcement is expected to deliver a significant tourism boost to both cities.
Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock welcomed the news.
“We are thrilled to once again partner with Jetstar and Cairns Airport for a third season of this incredibly popular direct service,” he said.
“People of our region love Tropical North Queensland and Cairns has proven to be one of our most in-demand destinations over the past two years.”
Jetstar’s chief customer officer Alan McIntyre said the airline would be the only one offering direct flights between the two destinations.
“We saw strong demand in both directions when the route was first launched in 2021,” he explained.
“So, we expect it will be more popular than ever this year, with one-way fares starting from $119.
“We extend our thanks to Cairns and Newcastle airports for their continued support of these flights.”
Cairns Airport CEO Richard Barker said the direct services provided attractive holiday options for both QLD and NSW travellers.
“The climate in Far North Queensland is particularly ideal during the winter period,” he added.
“These flights mean it has never been easier for southern residents to relax and reset with a tropical getaway.
“This service also gives Far North Queensland a seamless connection to the Hunter Valley and its much-loved premier wine regions.”
On sale now, bookings can be made at jetstar.com.
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