Jetstar has ramped up long haul international flights to popular holiday destinations Hawaii, Indonesia and Thailand in response to the increasing number of Aussie holidaymakers seeking affordable overseas family getaways.
Between 23 December 2011 and 31 January 2012, Jetstar will offer almost 28,000 extra seats to-and-from Phuket, Bali and Honolulu. That’s almost 40 per cent more compared to the same peak period last year.
The increased summer holiday schedule is supported by the delivery of the airline’s 11th A330 in late November. Jetstar’s latest inflight entertainment, the iPad, is available for hire from December.
Jetstar also continues to grow its domestic network, recently introducing additional flights to holiday destinations such as Tasmania.
Jetstar Group CEO Bruce Buchanan said the low cost carrier’s expanding network across Asia was providing more affordable options for Australians.
“As well as supporting inbound tourism from places like China and Japan, the growth of our network means Jetstar has more than 40 destinations outside of Australia that people can now fly to,” he said.
Jetstar Australia & NZ CEO David Hall said Jetstar was bumping up capacity in response to the strong demand from Australians travelling overseas for holidays, particularly over peak periods such as Christmas and New Year.
“Australians are continuing to travel overseas in record numbers and industry estimates suggest this will grow by 11 per cent to 4.7 million this calendar year,” Mr Hall said.
Mr Hall said demand for international travel was being driven by access to low fares and economic conditions such as the strong Australian dollar.
“We are seeing strong increases in demand to Indonesia, Hawaii and Thailand, which are now the second, third and fourth most popular international destinations for Australians respectively.”
Figures show more holidaymakers are choosing to fly with low cost carriers internationally – proven by a 13 per cent increase in people flying with LCCs to and from Australia for the year to June 30 this year.
Flights can be booked at Jetstar.com.
Summary of Schedule Changes
NEW SCHEDULE (22 DECEMBER 2011 – 30 JANUARY 2012)
Jetstar schedule Sydney - Bali (Denpasar) from 23 December 2011 - 31 January
Jetstar schedule Melbourne - Bali (Denpasar) from 23 December 2011 - 31 January 2011
Jetstar schedule Sydney - Phuket from 23 December 2011 - 31 January 2011
Jetstar schedule Melbourne - Bangkok from 23 December - 31 January 2011
Jetstar schedule Sydney - Honolulu from 23 December - 31 January 2011
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 4,000 flights a week to more than 70 destinations across Asia Pacific. The Jetstar Group carried more than 29 million passengers in financial year 2015.