Jetstar expands Canberra network with new Melbourne and Gold Coast flights

Jetstar has today announced it will expand its Canberra network with new flights to Melbourne and Gold Coast, further cementing the low-fares airline’s presence in Australia’s capital city and bringing an additional 100,000 tourists to the ACT each year.

This marks the first time Jetstar has flown these routes and follows the successful launch of Brisbane – Canberra flights in December, which continues to be a popular route in both directions.

To celebrate the launch of the new flights, Jetstar is launching a flash sale at midday today with fares between Melbourne and Canberra starting at $55 and Gold Coast flights from $49.

Jetstar Group CEO, Gareth Evans said the expansion of flights to and from Canberra was a significant milestone for Jetstar, having just launched its first ever flight to the ACT in December.

“We’re excited to add an additional two routes into Canberra, following the success of our Brisbane Canberra flights which took off only a few months ago.

“The Canberra region has a huge amount to offer visitors with blockbuster exhibitions and world-class museums and galleries as well as lots of activities for school groups.

“Canberra is also the gateway to Thredbo, one of Australia’s most sought-after ski and mountain-biking destinations, which will be popular with Melburnians.

“For Canberrans, having a low-fares direct service to the Gold Coast will be welcome news, with the region consistently ranked as one of Australia’s most popular family holiday destinations. And the restaurants, shopping and sporting events in Melbourne offer a great weekend getaway.

“We thank the ACT Government for their ongoing support in launching these new routes.”

Today’s announcement by Jetstar is a welcome vote of confidence in Canberra said Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

“VisitCanberra will work with Jetstar on cooperative marketing campaigns to promote the new services and encourage more travellers to find more than they came for in Canberra.

“Improving Canberra’s aviation links remains a key priority for the ACT Government during our city’s economic recovery.”

Taking off from 1 July, the new Melbourne flights will operate daily services with an Airbus A320, providing more than 130,000 seats between the two cities annually.

Flights to and from the Gold Coast will commence from 16 September, with four weekly return services carrying up to 75,000 travellers each year.

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