Jetstar to Increase 2021 Domestic Flying Beyond Pre-Pandemic Levels Due to Increasing Demand
The airline will operate over 850 weekly return flights across 55 routes by March 2021, over 110% of their pre-pandemic schedule. Surveys indicate that nearly 90 percent of Australians plan to travel domestically in 2021.
On Tuesday (December 15, 2020), Jetstar announced that they will operate more domestic flights by March 2021, compared to their pre-pandemic March 2019 schedule. The carrier will offer over 850 weekly return flights across 55 routes as surveys indicate that 86 percent of Australians plan to travel domestically in 2021. Jetstar also launched their annual Christmas sale today with 300,000 fares for travel from mid-January starting at only $29. The additional flights will be operated with Airbus A320s which would normally serve overseas routes to destinations such as Bali and Singapore. In Tuesday’s announcement, Jetstar Group’s CEO, Gareth Evans, said,
“Travel demand to popular holiday spots is bouncing back in the lead up to the summer holidays. Australians are globally renowned for loving travel and as we approach 2021, demand for our low fares services is stronger than ever. While international borders remain closed, more Australians are set to explore places around the country they have never visited, which is great news for local hospitality and tourism operators. We have a lot of repair work to do given the huge toll the COVID crisis took on airlines. But the flexibility we have across our fleet means we can offer these extra services; help boost tourism and the local economies of the communities we fly to and also get more of our people back in the air.”
The increased 2021 domestic flying represents over 110% of the carrier’s pre-pandemic domestic schedule and follows research by the airline which indicated that nearly 90 percent of Australians plan to travel domestically in 2021. Over half of the 1500 respondents indicated that they plan to visit domestic destinations they’ve never been to before, with some of the most popular destinations including Hobart, Melbourne, Cairns and the Gold Coast. Jetstar will also increase service to destinations recovering more slowly such as Adelaide and Newcastle, supported by the Federal Government’s ongoing assistance package.