Jetstar launches international services from Perth

Qantas’ budget offshoot Jetstar has launched its first international service from Perth to Denpasar, Bali, as part of the Qantas Group’s two-brand strategy.

The company said Bali would be one of its three new international destinations, along with Jakarta and Singapore.

It will offer four weekly services between Perth and Bali from December 17, and three weekly Perth-Jakarta return services from today. Its daily A320 Perth-Singapore services will commence from December 2.

Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan said Perth, as the airline’s seventh and newest Australian international operation, would provide a significant boost to its expansion strategy, ensuring sustainable growth in the pan-Asian market.

“Jetstar’s introduction of international operations from Perth will deliver thousands of additional seats each week by the Qantas Group to support the continued growth of Perth as an international flying hub and destination,” Mr Buchanan said.

“This includes a 50 per cent jump in Qantas’ weekly services on the important Perth-Singapore route, which is an important link for international visitors from Asia and beyond.”

He said close partnerships with the Westralia Airports Corporation and the WA Government would be a key to developing any growing presence in the state.

“Jetstar’s existing growth strategy for international flying is firmly focused on developing and fostering short haul flying opportunities to and from Australia,” he said.

Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches welcomed another international carrier into Perth and Jetstar’s entry was a sign of the strong growth in the Perth market in recent times. 

 

"We look forward to seeing Jetstar expanding both international and domestic services into Western Australia. WA travellers will benefit from these additional Jetstar services providing more opportunities to travel on low cost carriers,” Mr Geatches said.

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