Jetstar’s seasonal flights take off between Cairns and Newcastle tomorrow

In time for the school holidays, Jetstar’s relaunching its popular seasonal service between Cairns and Newcastle, with the first flight scheduled to take off from Cairns shortly after midday tomorrow. 

This is the third year in a row that Jetstar has introduced great low fares between the two cities, flying from 24 June to 28 October in partnership with Newcastle Airport and Cairns Airport.   

The three return flights a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday will be operated using an Airbus A320 aircraft, creating more than 4,400 seats on the route each month. 

 Jetstar’s Chief Customer Officer, Alan McIntyre, said the airline has already seen strong bookings in both directions. 

“We’re really excited to relaunch our seasonal Cairns to Newcastle flights and it’s fantastic our customers have responded so positively to our amazing low fares,” Mr McIntyre said. 

 “We’ve seen thousands of bookings already in both directions and many flights are close to fully booked, especially in the first couple of weeks of the four-month service. 

“We thank Cairns Airport and Newcastle Airport for their support of the route.” 

Cairns Airport CEO, Richard Barker said this is an ideal time for this service to resume as families head into the mid-year-school holiday period.  

“Demand in previous years has been very strong. Both destinations offer attractive holiday options, whether escaping the cold in idyllic Tropical North Queensland or exploring the premium wine regions of regional NSW,” said Mr Barker. 

Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock is confident the seasonal direct flights between Newcastle and Cairns will continue to be a success. 

“People from our region love Tropical North Queensland, and the direct service between Newcastle and Cairns makes it easier than ever to get there,” said Dr Cock. 

“Demand for travel in both directions is incredibly strong and with the continued support of our region we hope the Newcastle to Cairns service will extend beyond October 2023 to a year-round service.”  


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Flight Time  


Cairns 12:15 

Newcastle 14:55 







Newcastle 15:35 

Cairns 18:25