Melbourne,
04
June
2013
|
04:00
Australia/Melbourne

Jetstar scores touchdown in Red Centre

  • Jetstar forged new territory today with its first ever flight to Uluru
  • 180 passengers were welcomed with a traditional Aboriginal Inma on the tarmac
  • Special celebration sale with one way fares starting at $129*

The first Jetstar JQ660 flight direct from Sydney to Uluru landed in the Red Centre at 1.35pm today.

To celebrate the arrival, Traditional Elder Harry Wilson gave a Welcome to Country and a local Inma ceremony took place.

Jetstar Australia & New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, David Hall, was on board for the maiden voyage and said it was a history-making flight with a smooth landing.

“We’re thrilled to have expanded our low fare service to one of the world’s most iconic attractions and thanks to our low cost model, Uluru is more accessible than ever before,” Mr Hall said.

“The cabin crew as always did an exceptional job of ensuring all passengers had a relaxing journey. There was a real air of excitement which continued to build as we drew closer to our destination."

Managing Director at Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, Koos Klein, said travellers to the region will find the perfect base for an outback adventure.

“We have a comprehensive daily suite of free Indigenous Guest Experiences to enjoy at Ayers Rock Resort including spear and boomerang throwing and cultural dance performances,” Mr Klein said.

“There are also a range of experiences to help you enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets such as camel rides, the Sounds of Silence or Tali Wiru outdoor dining experiences and much more."

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Matt Conlan, was at the airport to welcome passengers as they arrived. The Minister said he was delighted by Jetstar’s decision to add Uluru to its domestic flight service.

“Jetstar’s decision to fly to Uluru will help ensure fares to the region remain competitive and is expected to help boost visitor numbers to the region, which will in turn help to secure local tourism jobs,” the Minister said.

Flights are on sale now from $129 one-way* until Wednesday 5 June 2013, 11.59pm (AEST). Sale fares are valid for travel between 18 August 2013 and 19 September 2013; between 17 October 2013 and 12 December 2013 and between 14 January 2014 and 27 March 2014. To book visit jetstar.com.

To celebrate the arrival of Jetstar, Voyages has announced a Uluru Holiday Sale. With prices from $249 per person twin share for two nights’ accommodation plus kids under 12 stay free. On sale now until 5pm, Friday 7 June (AEST) contact 1300 134 344 or visit ayersrockresort.com.au/sale

*Checked baggage not included. You can choose from 15kg to 40kg checked baggage for an additional $16.50-$45.00 per passenger per fare. Sale fares not available on all flights or days and conditions apply. Prices are based on payment by direct deposit/POLi, voucher or Jetstar MasterCard/Jetstar Platinum MasterCard for bookings through jetstar.com. For all other bookings, a Booking and Service Fee of $8.50 per passenger per fare applies.

About Jetstar

The Jetstar Group is one of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing airline brands with one of the most extensive ranges of destinations in the region. It is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. Jetstar branded carriers operate up to 5,000 flights a week to more than 85 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 37 million passengers in financial year 2017.