Jetstar Launches Sydney to Margaret River Flights

Jetstar A320 Departing
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A few days ago, Jetstar inaugurated its first ever direct service from Sydney to Western Australia’s Margaret River.

This article will cover the details surrounding Jetstar’s new service between Sydney and Margaret River, and the operations of that new service.

Jetstar Heads to Margaret River

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As of March 26, 2024, Jetstar has began operating a direct service between Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) and Busselton Regional Airport (BQB). BQB is in Margaret River which is located in Western Australia, south of the city of Perth.

The new direct service runs three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It is operated by an Airbus A320.

Jetstar operates a total of 53 Airbus A320s across Australia, as well as six Airbus A321s, 11 A321LRs and 11 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner’s.

For the wider Jetstar Group, Jetstar Asia operates nine Airbus A320s, and Jetstar Japan operates 19 Airbus A320s and three A321LRs.

The following is the flight schedule between Sydney and Margaret River –

  • Flight JQ898 departs Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) at 11:10 a.m. and arrives into Busselton Regional Airport (BQB) at 13:10 p.m.
  • Flight JQ899 departs Busselton Regional Airport (BQB) at 13:55 p.m. and arrives into Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) at 21:00 p.m.

All of the above flight schedule times are local.

Jetstar Executive Comments

Commenting on the new route, Jetstar’s Customer Executive Manager, Jenn Armor, says, “The launch of the new Sydney service comes just ahead of next month’s second anniversary of Jetstar flying from Melbourne to Busselton Margaret River.”

“Close to two years ago Jetstar began flying from Melbourne to Busselton Margaret River and following the success of those flights, which have carried over 100 thousand passengers so far, we’re excited to launch the only direct flights from Sydney to WA’s stunning South West.”

“Holidaymakers from Sydney will be able to fly direct to Margaret River in about five hours for as low as $135 one way, making the region far more accessible for domestic and international tourists from the harbour city.”

“We thank the Western Australian Government, the South West Development Commission, Western Australia Tourism and the City of Busselton for their ongoing support of our efforts to grow travel demand to Busselton Margaret River.”

Government Member Comments

Additionally, Tourism Minister, Rita Saffioti, adds, “These flights are a game changer for WA’s South West tourism industry. With 95 per cent of visitors to Western Australia arriving by air, the state’s visitor economy relies heavily on-air travel, especially in the regions.”

“Supporting more direct connections from domestic and international locations is a key priority for the WA Government and we will continue to encourage more airlines to secure non-stop and direct connections into WA’s regions.”

“The WA Government has worked tirelessly since the pandemic to increase aviation connections and reduce cost of air travel into the regions through the $75 million Aviation Recovery Fund, and we are continuously providing subsidised airfares to encourage travel to WA’s spectacular regions.”

“I encourage travellers from the eastern states to book a trip on this convenient new flight to come and explore our breathtaking South West region, which offers culinary coastal adventures, world-class wine, pristine beaches, and towering timber forests.”

Finally, Regional Development Minister, Don Punch, has said, “The South West has another reason to celebrate today. The commencement of the second direct commercial route between the region and the East Coast of Australia.”

“The new Jetstar route between Busselton Margaret River and Sydney further opens up the tourism potential of the region, benefiting local tourism operators and businesses.”

“The benefits of the WA Government investment in the development of the airport continues to flow on to locals, and we are working with the City of Busselton and other stakeholders on the business case for further development of this regional asset.”

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