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Jetstar announces Sunshine Coast-Adelaide flights

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 13, 2016

Jetstar flight at Sunshine Coast AirportJetstar is to begin three times weekly direct flights between Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast from September 30, the Qantas-owned low-cost carrier announced on Friday.

The new flights will operate with 180-seat Airbus A320s on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and add a further 56,000 seats a year into the Sunshine Coast market.

“Our strategy has been to diversify our market base as widely as possible, and the start of direct Jetstar services from Adelaide complements significant growth in direct services from Sydney, Melbourne and across the Tasman,” Visit Sunshine Coast acting CEO Simon Latchford said in a statement.

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14 Comments

  • deano

    says:

    This has been a long time coming, but me thinks that an A320 will be hard to fill
    A Qantas 717 or a Virgin ERJ would have been far better suited to this rout
    Perhaps someone could have a serious look at Canberra – Maroochy hello Jetgo….

  • deano

    says:

    By the way
    56,000 extra seats is not quite correct
    It is 28,000 each way

  • inherentchoice

    says:

    Jetstar’s $69 sale fares on this route are $50 more for a return flight than if you flew BNE-ADL with the current Tigerair sale.

  • deano

    says:

    Yea but who wants to go to Brisbane
    What swim in a bay lol

  • Harrison Grohn

    says:

    Its awesome to see a new destination at sunshine coast!!!!!

  • Chris

    says:

    Inherentchoice with the abysmal traffic holdups on the Bruce Hwy there is no guarantee you will connect with your flight unless you sleep in Brisbane overnight. We have missed flights when we left plenty of time.

  • Marc

    says:

    Connecting two places with nothing to do. I’ll give it 6 months.

  • deano

    says:

    Sunshine Coast Airport is so very underrated
    Population is now nearing 300,000 (not far short of Canberra) and for some reason, only Melbourne and Sydney tourists seem to be the ones being catered for
    Hundreds and hundreds of locals make the trip to Brisbane daily to fly to other destinations
    The coast has been crying out for years for flights going north, Canberra, Newcastle, Tasmania and to connect with FIFO flights from Perth

    When will the likes of Jetgo, Rex or even an Aussie version of Propstar look at the Sunny Coast as a market
    Jetgo should have a go at
    Canberra direct
    Newcastle direct, or even string together the two and perhaps on to Hobart, selling sector seats along the way
    Jetstar or Jetgo to Perth or via Alice Springs
    Jetgo or Rex to Gladstone, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns, again, picking up sector seats along the way
    There is so much opportunity here for smaller sized airlines to open new routs by busting hubs

  • GBRGB

    says:

    Good to see, let’s hope more regional centres get joined by direct flights so we can all avoid the 2 stop via Brisbane or Sydney to get anywhere in this country. The govt should open up the skies to all airlines if the Australian carriers don’t offer services, use it or lose it.

  • Corey Dark

    says:

    It’s good news to be getting more flights but it’s the wrong way! We who live on the Sunshine Coast want to travel North to Cairns etc.

    Qantas need to add Boing 717 flight to Canberra, Townsville and Mackay along with 737s to SYD, MEL, PER and SIN and maybe an A330 or 787 to Dubai once the new runway is built. Also run Q400 or buy some C series or E175s to fly to Gladstone and Rockhampton etc

    Jetstar should have flights to Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, FIJI, Vanuatu, Bali along with the current SYD and MEL and maybe a 787 to Singapore but that rout is better suited to Qantas.

    Virgin Australia don’t seem to care about growth here on the Sunshine Coast so I’m not even going to bother with them.

    Also I’d like to put a suggestion forward to readers. With the new runway being built (runway 13/31) 2450m x 45m (Code E) be lengthened from the South East to make it a 2700m+ runway and have a parallel taxi way? All they would have to do is resume house and bull doze them etc. Also they could build a new terminal for 4-5 787/777 aircraft and 8-10 737 aircraft at one time all with air bridges. Also they could build ramps for 747-8 aircraft or additional aircraft for example 777s for when Brisbane is closed due to weather. From my understand there is the room to build it. Also note that the Sc airport is an alternative for the RAAF Base Amberley if it was closed for some reason.

  • deano

    says:

    All joking aside
    I and many locals dislike the trek to Brisbane to fly onward to anywhere else than Sydney or Melbourne
    34 seaters like what Rex and Jetgo operate would do quite well hub-busting and would get a lot of local support
    The Sunny Coast is not just about tourists, plenty of locals travel also
    Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Canberra, Newcastle, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth are all realistic destinations that could be well patronized

    It also surprises me that the Gold Coast supports many of these destinations with 180 seat jets, many on a daily basis, yet for some reason, the Sunshine Coast seems to be overlooked even with a 34 seat aircraft

    Rex, Jetgo HELLO….

  • Marc

    says:

    @deano
    GC is closing in on 700,000 people, and rising fast, and also serves northern NSW approx another 100,000, so there’s almost 3 times the population base than SC in a smaller area.

  • deano

    says:

    Marc

    My point exactly
    700k Gold Coast 90km Brisbane Airport
    300K Sunshine Coast 101km Brisbane Airport

    Domestic
    Gold Coast
    Syd
    Mel + Avv
    Adl
    Per
    Ntl
    Cbr
    Cns
    Tsv
    Rok
    Sunshine Coast
    Syd
    Mel
    Adl
    International
    Gold Coast
    Auckland
    Queenstown
    Christchurch
    KL’
    Tokyo
    Nandi
    Wuhan
    Sunshine Coast
    Auckland seasonal

    We have 1/2 the population of the Gold Coast
    We are twice the travel time to Brisbane Airport (due traffic, not distance)
    We have 1/5 the flights and seats
    We have stuff all destinations

    Again
    We have no choice other than to make the trip to Brisbane or hub through Sydney or Melbourne
    I fully understand why Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar won’t add more destinations as they pick up the passengers from Brisbane anyway
    But why the likes of Rex of Jetgo won’t have a go from here seems to be quite a mystery
    Rex goes head to head with Qantas and virgin on marginal routs with 50% load factors
    Jetgo are looking for hub-busting routs like Gold Coast to Rocky and Townsville and seem to be doing ok

    Here, like the Gold Coast there are a lot of retirees and family’s that travel and not all go to Sydney and Melbourne…..

    Open invitation to Jetgo or Rex
    CNS-ROK-MCY-NTL-CBR-HBA and return, a one day rotation
    How that for a hub buster, picking up sector pax along the way

  • jarden

    says:

    Actually this is not a new route its a resumption. Jetstar operated it when they started out in 2005-06 using the 717s. I still have the old route map somewhere showing it.

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