Jetstar Unveils More International Routes

Jetstar Airbus A321neo LR arriving into Melbourne International Airport from Brisbane International Airport registered as VH-OFP

Jetstar has continued its aggressive expansion efforts by announcing new flights from Perth, Australia, in 2024.

New Flights From August 2024 Onwards

Jetstar confirms that from August 2024, the company will start flying between Perth and Singapore Changi six times a week. Additionally, the company will serve Phuket from Perth with four weekly return flights.

Following these two confirmed flights, the airline says it’ll begin a four times weekly flight to Bangkok, again from Western Australia.

This latest announcement from the low-cost carrier part of the Qantas Group comes as it looks to enhance operations across Western Australia by providing new affordable fares.

The Important Of The A321neo LR

Jetstar’s newest announcement of service expansion from Perth comes following a host of boosts in flying and new routes being revealed on its international network.

For the airline, the arrival and introduction of a new type across the past year of the Airbus A321neo LR has made all this possible. Jetstar notes that the Airbus narrowbody will operate these three services as it looks to bring further efficiency to its operations.

Four Airbus A321neo LRs will be based in Western Australia to facilitate future expansion and these newly announced operations.

Ultimately, the arrival of the Airbus A321neo LR has been influential in easing pressures on their existing 787 Dreamliner operation. Previously, the 787 had been taking up the bulk of international services.

Since the narrowbody Airbus arrival, the airline has redeployed some Dreamliners to more in-demand services and leveraged the A321neo LRs’ capabilities to access more markets.

The A321neo LR’s success can especially be felt in several key Asian markets, which represent a significant bulk of where travel demand originates and heads to for Australians.

Jetstar’s Three New Routes Coming In 2024

The Australian carrier also revealed the specifics around the three newly announced services set to commence in 2024.

From August 1, 2024, the airline will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays as JQ99/JQ96, a Perth to Singapore service. The carrier notes departure from Perth will occur at 2335, arriving in Singapore the following morning at 0455.

However, from September 3, 2024, the airline will add JQ97/JQ98 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This will bring the total weekly flights offered to Singapore Changi towards six. While the JQ99 flight will depart at 2335, the JQ79 service will be optimised for a morning departure at 0735.

Perth to Phuket is slated to commence five days later, on August 6, 2024, as JQ71/JQ72. Departure from Perth will occur on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 0725, with arrival in Phuket at 1255. After a layover, the flight will return to Perth at 1425 with a touchdown on the same day at 2145.

The last service commencing September 3, 2024, is Jetstar’s Perth to Bangkok as JQ75/JQ76. Departure from Perth will occur at 1455 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Per the schedule, the flight will arrive in Phuket at 2030 before returning to Peth at 2140.

Comments From Executives

These new international services just show how popular and lucrative tourism is in Western Australia. We’re really excited these additional direct flights into Perth are now coming online, providing more opportunity for tourists to travel to our beautiful state, and of course, we expect locals here will also enjoy easier access to these popular Southeast Asian destinations.

WA Tourism Minister, Rita Saffioti

More competition and new routes give Western Australian travellers lower prices and more choice. These flights will also give tourists from Asia another direct entry point to Perth from where they can then explore our unique regional tourism experiences.

Perth Airport’s Chief Commercial and Aviation Officer, Kate Holsgrove
Daniel Fowkes
17 Dec 2023
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