Statement regarding changes to Darwin operations

Jetstar has today announced some changes to its operations in the Northern Territory which includes the relocation of three Airbus A320 aircraft currently based in Darwin to Adelaide.

This change will result in a small reduction in services and a reorganisation of Jetstar’s operations from Darwin. The changes, in effect from 31 March 2014, include;

  • increasing flights between Darwin and Cairns from three per week to daily;
  • decreasing flights between Darwin and Denpasar from eight per week to daily;
  • decreasing flights between Darwin and Brisbane from nine per week to daily;
  • suspending the four times weekly service from Darwin to Manila and Tokyo; and
  • decreasing flights between Darwin and Singapore from nine per week to daily services, with the operation of these flights transferred from Jetstar Airways to Jetstar Asia.

Overall the Jetstar Group will reduce the number of weekly departures operating out of Darwin from 54 a week to 49 a week.

The decision to relocate flying is in response to increased capacity and competition, particularly on international routes from foreign carriers.

Jetstar has been clear in the past that our flying from Darwin is among the most marginal on the network.

These changes will ensure we maintain the highest productivity of our aircraft and reflect our strategy to deploy aircraft on routes to meet market demand.

It makes sense to base aircraft where there is more network growth as it keeps our fares low and ensures we have the flexibility to optimise our network and adapt to changing market conditions.

About Jetstar

About Jetstar Group

Jetstar first took to the skies in 2004 and has since flown more than 350 million customers across an extensive international and domestic network. The Jetstar Group is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. A leading low-fares airline, Jetstar is committed to offering everyday low fares to enable more people to fly to more places, more often. As one of Asia Pacific’s fastest-growing airline brands, Jetstar was voted Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia Pacific in 2021 and was recognized for its excellent flight safety records and services when listed on the "2022 World's Top 10 LCC" released by Airline Ratings.