Jetstar announces an extra 25 Cairns flights
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.