Jetstar connects Brisbane with Seoul and Osaka

Photo Credit: Jetstar

Australian low-cost airline Jetstar is bolstering international travel from southeast Queensland with this week’s introduction of two new flight routes from Brisbane.

Thursday 1 February saw the inauguration of a new service between Brisbane and Seoul in South Korea, followed by the inaugural flight between Brisbane and Osaka, Japan, today.

These network additions redefine travel options for thousands of passengers from Queensland, offering convenient and affordable direct connections to vibrant Asian destinations.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Utilizing its modern fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Jetstar will operate three return flights weekly between Brisbane and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, along with four weekly return flights connecting Brisbane and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport.

Notably, the Brisbane to Osaka route marks the introduction of the only direct service between these two dynamic cities, streamlining travel and enhancing accessibility for passengers.


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A Jetstar Dreamliner on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Jetstar Airways.

Economic Implications

The introduction of these new routes signifies more than just expanded travel options; it represents a significant economic opportunity for southeast Queensland.

With projections estimating a combined annual passenger volume of up to 240,000 individuals, these flights are anticipated to inject millions of dollars into the region’s tourism sector annually.

Such growth is a testament to Queensland’s appeal as a premier travel destination and underscores the importance of strategic partnerships in driving economic prosperity.

These key additions to Jetstar’s route network have been made possible through collaborative efforts, including support from Queensland’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF).

This joint initiative between the government and key stakeholders aims to stimulate Queensland’s visitor economy by enhancing air connectivity and promoting tourism development.

The successful partnership between Jetstar and Brisbane Airport further underscores the commitment to expanding travel opportunities and fostering economic growth in the region.

Anticipated Demand

Jetstar Group CEO, Stephanie Tully, expresses confidence in the viability of these new routes, citing strong demand for international travel to and from southeast Queensland.

 With inbound visitation from South Korea and Japan expected to contribute significantly to the region’s economy, these routes offer unprecedented access to diverse cultural experiences and economic opportunities.

Moreover, Queenslanders stand to benefit from over 240,000 low-fare seats across the two routes, empowering them to explore new destinations with unparalleled affordability and convenience.

Stakeholder Perspectives

Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport, hails the introduction of these new routes as a boon for tourism and job creation in Queensland.

Emphasizing the collaborative efforts between Jetstar and the airport, he highlights the substantial increase in affordable fare options, further enhancing Queensland’s appeal as a global travel hub.

Echoing this sentiment, Queensland Tourism Minister, Michael Healy, underscores the strategic importance of these new services in driving tourist arrivals and economic growth.

With South Korea emerging as a key growth market and Japan representing a significant source of visitor expenditure, these routes are poised to capitalize on burgeoning travel trends and unlock new opportunities for Queensland’s tourism sector.

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