Jet­star to can­cel Hamil­ton Is­land to Bris­bane flights

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

JET­STAR has an­nounced it will sus­pend ser­vices be­tween Bris­bane and Hamil­ton Is­land, with the last flight to op­er­ate on Oc­to­ber 20, 2014.

A Jet­star spokesman said the air­line would con­tinue to op­er­ate up to 12 flights a week into Hamil­ton Is­land with five re­turns ser­vices a week from Mel­bourne and seven per week from Syd­ney.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the [Bris­bane] route, which is one of the short­est on our net­work, has dropped in per­for­mance dur­ing the past 12 months,” the spokesman said.

“This comes at a time where we are see­ing costs that are out­side of our con­trol in­crease, com­bined with an in­tensely com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.”

CEO of Hamil­ton Is­land, Glenn Bourke, said he was con­fi­dent the des­ti­na­tion would quickly adapt fol­low­ing Jet­star’s commercial de­ci­sion.

“Given the pos­i­tive news that Qan­tas will be re­launch­ing their flights to Hamil­ton Is­land in com­ing weeks, we will con­tinue to have am­ple flights ser­vic­ing the is­land,” he said.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with Qan­tas and ex­pand­ing their ser­vice to the des­ti­na­tion over time.”

Cruise Whit­sun­days CEO Nick Hor­tle said the can­cel­la­tion of the ser­vice was dis­ap­point­ing and would re­duce ca­pac­ity into the re­gion.

“How­ever on the other hand the ad­vent of the Qan­tas ser­vice in July fly­ing di­rect from Syd­ney will go some way to fur­ther open­ing up the re­gion,” he said.

“We are con­fi­dent that other air­lines fly­ing from Bris­bane to Hamil­ton Is­land Air­port, as well as to [the] Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port, will con­tinue to grow and sup­port tourism and de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion.”

Cus­tomers booked on the Jet­star ser­vices will be able to trans­fer their flight book­ings to ar­rive and de­part from Proser­pine or are el­i­gi­ble for a full re­fund. Cus­tomers can also choose to re-route their flights to Hamil­ton Is­land from other Jet­star ports.

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