Jet­star an­nounces an ex­tra 25 Cairns flights

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - RICHARD KOSER

JET­STAR, the low-cost wing of the Qan­tas air­line, an­nounced yes­ter­day a ma­jor boost in ca­pac­ity to Cairns, in­tro­duc­ing a fur­ther 25 flights a week to the tourist Mecca.

The ad­di­tional flights will boost seat num­bers by nearly 9000 seats, or 30 per cent of cur­rent ca­pac­ity, and could po­ten­tially in­crease tourist num­bers in Dou­glas by more than 6000 a week.

The Mel­bourne-Cairns, Syd­ney-Cairns and Bris­bane-Cairns routes will each get an ex­tra daily flight, while the Gold CoastCairns run will in­crease from three times a week to a daily sched­ule.

“Jet­star will now be at record op­er­a­tional ca­pac­ity on Mel­bourne-Cairns and Syd­neyCairns routes, and com­ple­ment Qan­tas on the largest Bris­bane-Cairns mar­ket,” the air­line’s CEO Bruce Buchanan said yes­ter­day.

“It’s fan­tas­tic news for our re­gion,” Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree ex­ec­u­tive of­fice Doug Ryan said.

“Our tourism in­dus­try is to­tally driven by air­craft seats. The more seats avail­able, the higher the level of visi­ta­tion.

“Stephen Gregg at the air­port is do­ing a fan­tas­tic job of get­ting the air­lines in.”

Mr Ryan said do­mes­tic vis­i­tors were even more likely to visit the Dou­glas re­gion than in­ter­na­tional tourists.

“Around two-thirds of all vis­i­tors to North Queens­land come to our re­gion at some stage,” he said.

“In the do­mes­tic leisure mar­ket, prob­a­bly closer to three-quar­ters.”

The new Bris­bane and Gold Coast flights will start on 13 Jan­uary next year, while the Mel­bourne and Syd­ney routes will start on April 4.

Prices on the Bris­bane and Gold Coast runs will start from $119, while the Syd­ney flights will be avail­able for $139, and the Mel­bourne route will have a start­ing price of $179.


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