Jetstar Unveils Big Japanese Expansion

Jetstar has announced the completion of a major expansion into Japan by launching two new routes using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Jetstar has unveiled it’s boosting its international network from Southeast Queensland as it looks to link Brisbane with a couple of Japanese cities.

The service launch of these two locations has been made possible thanks to the AAIF, Queensland’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, which has helped significantly boost the number of airlines and locations offered from Brisbane.

The Expansion

Jetstar says it’s now launched a service using a fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners towards Seoul and Osaka to bring further low-fare international seats to Australia.

Brisbane to Osaka is what Jetstar describes as the only direct route between the two cities, giving the airline an edge over competitors and a competitor-free shot at the segment.

Service to Seoul is expected to operate thrice weekly, with Osaka operations having four flights per week to meet the relevant demand levels and aircraft availability.

These two new routes, which have launched, are expected to carry some 240,000 passengers annually and deliver millions into Queensland’s economy, focusing on tourism.

New Schedule

JQ53/54 operates between Brisbane and Seoul (Incheon) and commenced 1 February, 2024 with departure on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays from Brisbane at 1145.

Jetstar says its arrival in Incheon is scheduled for 2015. The return flight to Australia departs that same evening at 2150, arriving in Brisbane the following morning at 0800.

Meanwhile, JQ23/24 operates the Brisbane to Osaka (Kansai) flight, with this connection having commenced on 2 February 2024.

The service departs from Brisbane at 1145 but also on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Jetstar schedules an arrival into Osaka at 1945 and a departure back to Brisbane as JQ24 at 2145. Arrival is expected at 0725 the following morning.

Comments From Executives

We anticipate these two exciting new routes will be popular in both directions, with inbound visitation from South Korea and Japan expected to inject millions of dollars into the sunshine state’s economy. For Queenslanders, more than 240,000 low fares seats across the two new routes will give them the chance to take off more and explore these incredibly beautiful cities.

Jetstar Group CEO, Stephanie Tully

The Brisbane launch of two new Jetstar routes within two days is fantastic news for tourism and jobs in Queensland. These flights further solidify our thriving partnership with Jetstar, contributing to the most substantial boost in affordable fares for Queenslanders and our valued visitors

Brisbane Airport CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff

Daniel Fowkes
07 Feb 2024
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