Jetstar to launch future low fare flights into mainland China
Low fares leader Jetstar will launch its first services into mainland China from 16 December 2009 with a four times weekly service between Singapore and Haikou*, capital of Hainan Province.
The new services will be operated by Jetstar’s eighth A320 aircraft which will start operating flights in December.
In the coming 12 months, Jetstar plans to increase its existing capacity from Singapore by 46 per cent, supported by the arrival of three additional A320 aircraft to support ongoing expansion from its Singapore hub.
Jetstar Asia and Valuair Chief Executive Officer Ms Chong Phit Lian said the carrier’s first entry into mainland China was an important next step in Jetstar’s long term growth plan from its Singapore hub.
“Mainland China has immense potential for Jetstar’s low fares offering and the broader Jetstar Group network connections,” Ms Chong said.
“Haikou has long been in our sights for both its appeal to the large Hainanese community living in Singapore and the broader group of Asian holiday makers looking for low fares access to the island.
“Sanya, known as ‘Hawaii of the East’, is easily accessible via Haikou and we expect to welcome both regular and new leisure travelers on our low fares services prior to year’s end.”
Haikou will become Jetstar’s 19th destination from Singapore and will be included in Jetstar Asia’s interline agreement with Qantas.
Jetstar Asia currently offers double daily flights from Singapore to Hong Kong and up to five times a week to Macau.
Today’s announcement follows new services between Singapore-Phuket* (double daily from 15 December 2009) and additional Singapore-Manila* flights (growing to 10 flights weekly from 25 October 2009).
“China is a clear focus of future growth and with our expanding fleet in 2010, we are in the stage of actively assessing future potential growth,” Ms Chong said.
“Haikou is a very solid entry into mainland China for Jetstar and we look forward to the opportunity for further growth from this market should conditions prevail.”
All day, every day all-inclusive one-way JetSaver Light web fares at Jetstar.com start from S$118.
Jetstar’s ‘Price Beat Guarantee’ is applicable for flights to Haikou*. This means that if customers can find another published online fare that is lower** than the lowest available fare on Jetstar.com (not including JetFlex fare), Jetstar should be notified of the lower fare via its 24-hour call centre at 800-6167-017. Once the fare is verified, Jetstar will beat the lower fare by 10% when the reservation is made immediately via the call centre.
From Singapore Jetstar and Valuair currently operate nearly 600 weekly services to an existing 17 destinations, growing to 19 destinations with future services to Phuket* starting from 15 December 2009, followed by the introduction of Haikou* operations.
The Jetstar brands through a Pan Asian network growth strategy now services more than 50 destinations throughout Southeast Asia and Australasia.
Jetstar operates from Terminal One at Changi International Airport.
*Flights subject to regulatory approval.
New Jetstar Schedule Singapore-Haikou from 16 December 2009*
- Singapore-Haikou - 3K 817 - Depart 13.35 - Arrive 17.05
- Haikou-Singapore - 3K 818 - Depart 17.45 - Arrive 21.20
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.