Tuesday 15 December 2020: Jetstar is set to operate more domestic flights in February and March than any previous year, with travel demand for the airline’s low fares exceeding pre-COVID levels.
The increased schedule will see Jetstar flying more than 850 return flights per week to 55 domestic destinations by the end of the first quarter of the calendar year.
These extra services will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A320s that would normally operate to overseas destinations like Bali and Singapore.
The boost in flying represents more than 110 per cent of Jetstar’s pre-COVID domestic schedule (compared to March 2019), and follows research recently conducted by Jetstar that showed that 86 per cent of respondents intend to travel domestically in 2021.
More than half of the 1500 people surveyed also said they plan to visit destinations they’ve never been to before and, in good news for businesses reliant on tourism, are more likely to spend on domestic travel than they would have been in previous years.
As part of the travel survey, Hobart and Melbourne saw the biggest rise in popularity as destinations, with Cairns and the Gold Coast rising even further in appeal to families with international travel off the cards for some time to come.
In addition to increased services on busy leisure routes, flights to cities and towns where demand is recovering more slowly are supported by the Federal Government’s ongoing assistance package through to end of March 2021. This includes destinations like Adelaide and Newcastle.
COMMENTS FROM JETSTAR GROUP CEO GARETH EVANS:
“Travel demand to popular holiday spots is bouncing back in the lead up to the summer holidays.
“Australians are globally renowned for loving travel and as we approach 2021, demand for our low fares services is stronger than ever.
“While international borders remain closed, more Australians are set to explore places around the country they have never visited, which is great news for local hospitality and tourism operators.
“We have a lot of repair work to do given the huge toll the COVID crisis took on airlines.
“But the flexibility we have across our fleet means we can offer these extra services, help boost tourism and the local economies of the communities we fly to and also get more of our people back in the air.”
JETSTAR’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SALE:
To support the extra services, Jetstar has today launched its huge annual Christmas sale with more than 300,000 domestic fares available across 55 routes, starting at just $29.
Some of the festive fares include:
- Adelaide to Melbourne (Avalon) $29^ one way
- Brisbane to Uluru (Ayers Rock) from $89^ one way
- Brisbane to Cairns from $79^ one way
- Brisbane to Mackay from $59^ one way
- Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Busselton Margaret River* from $99^ one way
- Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Hobart from $45^ one way
- Perth to Melbourne (Tullamarine) from $129^ one way
- Sydney to Melbourne (Tullamarine) from $59^ one way
- Perth to Gold Coast from $129^ one way
- Sydney to Gold Coast from $45^ one way
- Sydney to Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) from $69^ one way
Jetstar’s Christmas Sale runs from 12:01am Tuesday 15 December AEDT until 11:59pm Saturday 19 December AEDT, unless sold out prior. Club Jetstar members have exclusive early access from 12:00pm to 11:55pm Monday 14 December 2020 AEDT. Travel dates vary but include mid-January to late March 2021 and late April to late June 2021. Full details, fares and conditions are available at Jetstar.com.
FLY WELL program:
Through the Fly Well program, Jetstar has introduced a range of measures to ensure a safe environment at airports and onboard, giving customers extra peace of mind. This includes contactless check-in, enhanced cleaning, and masks and sanitising wipes made available to customers. Visit our COVID-19 Help Hub before you book and travel to keep updated with important information.
*Survey undertaken between 24 November 2002-30 November 2020 with 1449 participants.
^Prices based on payment by POLi, Jetstar voucher, Jetstar Gift Card, Jetstar credit cards, or where the total flights booking is redeemed in Qantas Points Plus Pay through jetstar.com. For other payment options, a Payment Fee applies. See jetstar.com/fees. Fares are one-way. Limited changes are permitted, charges may apply. No fees apply if you are entitled to a refund or alternative flight under the Australian Consumer Law or Conditions of Carriage. Availability is limited. Checked baggage not included. All travel is subject to the Jetstar Conditions of Carriage. See jetstar.com for more details. Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd – ABN: 33 069 720 243.