Jetstar has announced plans to significantly expand its network out of Perth in 2024, with additional direct flights to Singapore, Phuket, and Bangkok, providing West Australians with more options and low fares throughout Southeast Asia*.
Jetstar will build a new Perth pilot base for at least 60 pilots and base four aircraft in the WA capital, including the latest aircraft in its fleet, the Airbus A321neo LR, as part of its West Australian expansion.
By basing pilots and aircraft in Perth, the low-cost carrier will be able to expand its domestic and international network out of the West, with additional new routes to be announced in the coming months.
Adding three more Southeast Asian routes reflects West Australia’s high demand for low-cost international leisure travel, with over 400,000 passengers travelling on Jetstar flights from Perth to Bali in the past year.
Jetstar’s investment in Perth has been made possible by a pipeline of new NEO aircraft joining the airline’s fleet, which frees up current aircraft and creates new flying opportunities.
Stephanie Tully, chief executive officer of the Jetstar Group, said, “This is one of Jetstar’s most significant network expansions in recent years and demonstrates a long-term commitment to providing low fares to Western Australians.”
“This is a huge investment in our operations in Perth.” having pilots and aircraft based in the West allows us to offer hundreds of thousands more low-cost seats to exciting new destinations throughout our international and domestic networks. “These three new routes will provide our west-coast customers with low-cost travel across Southeast Asia, including convenient connections via Singapore onto Jetstar Asia’s extensive network to thirteen destinations around 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.”
According to WA Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti, this is excellent news for local tourism in Western Australia and only reinforces the State’s reputation as the Western Gateway to Australia.
“These new direct flights will provide another welcome boost to tourism operators here in Western Australia, as well as easier access to destinations across Southeast Asia for locals.” “Direct flights form an essential part of our tourism strategy, as they bring more visitors into our state, inject valuable tourism dollars into our local economy, and support local jobs and businesses, so we welcome Jetstar’s announcement today.”
*Subject to government and regulatory approval.