Jetstar is set to launch three new Asian routes from Perth next year as part of a major expansion of its western network.
The carrier will fly direct from Perth to Singapore, Phuket, and Bangkok starting in 2024, and will open a new WA base for at least 60 pilots. It is also planning to base four aircraft in Perth, including the A321neo LR, to build on its domestic and international operations from the west coast.
“This is a huge investment in our Perth operations. Having pilots and aircraft based in the west gives us the ability to add hundreds of thousands more low-cost seats to exciting new destinations across both our international and domestic network,” said Jetstar CEO Stephanie Tully.
“These three new routes will open up low-fares travel right across Southeast Asia for our west-coast customers, including easy connections via Singapore onto Jetstar Asia’s extensive network to 13 destinations throughout Asia.
“We expect to see West Australian travel demand continue to grow as we add more flights, and we’re excited to share more details of our Perth network expansion soon.”
The news was welcomed by WA Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti, who said it further bolsters the state as the western gateway to Australia.
“These new direct flights will provide another welcome boost to tourism operators here in Western Australia, and of course, also provide locals here with easier access to destinations across Southeast Asia,” she said.
“Direct flights form a really important part of our tourism strategy, as it brings more visitors into our State, injects valuable tourism dollars into our local economy and supports local jobs and businesses, so we very much welcome today’s announcement from Jetstar.”
According to Jetstar, the A321neo LRs deliver 99.8 per cent mechanical reliability, are 50 per cent quieter than similar size Airbus A320/A321s, and burn up to 20 per cent less fuel. The airline currently has nine in operation, with a total of 18 expected by the end of next year.