• Joe Breitfeller

Jetstar and Qantas to Restart Flights Between Victoria and Tasmania for Christmas Season

Jetstar and Qantas will resume service between Victoria and Tasmania with the Qantas Group operating 84 weekly return flights from Melbourne on three Tasmanian routes, and Jetstar restarting flights from Melbourne to Launceston, while adding frequencies to Hobart.

Jetstar Airbus A320 Family Tailfins - Courtesy Jetstar

On Friday (November 13, 2020), Jetstar announced that the Qantas Group will resume flights between Victoria and Tasmania after border restrictions are lifted on November 27, 2020. The Qantas Group will operate 84 weekly return flights on three Tasmanian routes from Melbourne, while Jetstar will restart flights between Melbourne and Launceston with 19 weekly flights, while increasing frequencies between Melbourne and Hobart with 26 weekly services. The Qantas flights from Melbourne include 14 weekly flights to Launceston, 13 to Hobart and 12 to Davenport. Starting December 2, 2020, Qantas will also reopen their Club Lounge in Hobart as well as their Regional Lounges in Devonport and Launceston. In Friday’s announcement, Jetstar Group’s CEO, Gareth Evans, said,

“The announcement from the Tasmanian Government is great news and a significant step forward in Australia’s recovery. We’re excited to add more flights between Tasmania and Victoria, helping to reconnect families and friends after months of being apart. This will be a special time for many people who will now be able to see each other for Christmas. This will also provide a significant boost in tourism between the two states, as well as seeing more of our people back in the air.”

Customers can book flights on Jetstar now with fares starting from $57 between Melbourne and Hobart and $49 between Melbourne and Launceston for the summer season. Due to the revised schedule, some guests with December bookings between Melbourne and Tasmania may be contacted with same-day flight changes.

Since last May, the Qantas Group been operating their ‘Fly Well’ program which encompasses a range of health and safety measures to ensure the wellbeing of their guests and team members. The program includes Fly Well packs which consist of masks and sanitizing wipes, enhanced cleaning, contactless check-in and mandatory masks. Additionally, all Group aircraft are equipped with HEPA filters that remove 99.9% of airborne particulates, including viruses as the cabin air is refreshed every 2-3 minutes. The governments of Australia and New Zealand have also instituted health and safety protocols, including health declaration forms and other checks.

Source: Jetstar