Jetstar is planning to boost international capacity from Melbourne in 2024 — ramping up the frequency of flights to Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Auckland and Christchurch.
With a commitment to offering over 100 thousand new low-fare seats, the Jetstar expansion which is set to commence from April will further build on the Victorian capital city airport’s momentum following a successful closeout to 2023..
Melbourne to New Zealand
Commencing April 1, 2024, Jetstar’s Airbus A320 fleet will dominate the skies, facilitating an expansion of services to New Zealand.
The frequency of flights from Melbourne to Auckland will witness a remarkable surge, reaching up to 13 return flights per week, a substantial jump from the current 8 per week.
Similarly, the Melbourne to Christchurch route will experience an increase to up to five return flights per week, compared to the existing three.
Southeast Asia & the Boeing 787-8
From June 17, 2024, Jetstar will introduce an intensified presence in major Southeast Asian cities, deploying its Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
Melbourne to Singapore will see daily return flights, up from the current 6 per week. Additionally, the routes to Bangkok and Phuket will experience a boost, with up to five return flights per week, a significant increase from the existing three.
Closing out 2023 on a triumphant note, Jetstar initiated direct flights between Melbourne and Nadi, Fiji, on December 16.
Operating thrice a week, this service is expected to cater to approximately 72,000 customers annually.
This expansion aligns with Jetstar’s dedication to meeting the persistent demand for international travel, showcasing the airline’s resilience and commitment to reconnecting the world.
Melbourne Airport Return to Pre-pandemic Levels
Jetstar’s enhanced services come on the heels of Melbourne Airport’s exceptional achievements. In December, the airport surpassed 100% of its pre-pandemic international capacity, an unprecedented feat for an Australian capital city airport.
Lorie Argus, CEO of Melbourne Airport, attributes this success to years of collective effort. In her words, “Covid tested the fabric of every business, and it’s a credit to the team here that two years after the Australian border re-opened, we are the nation’s first airport to exceed pre-pandemic international capacity.”
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