Melbourne Airport welcomes another Jetstar service to Japan
Mar 10, 2014
Melbourne Airport has welcomed Jetstar’s announcement to commence an Osaka-Melbourne wide-body service from 30 March 2014.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff, said the new service confirms Melbourne as Australia’s centre of international growth for the Asia Pacific region.
“This new Osaka service is the second Melbourne-Japan wide-body service announced by Jetstar in the last few months and we are delighted that they are providing more choice for Victorians and visitors,” said Mr Woodruff.
“The number of people travelling between Victoria and Japan grew by 12 per cent last year, making Victoria one of the fastest growing Japanese markets last year. And since 2009, our growth has been nearly double the growth of the main Japanese markets in Australia such as New South Wales and Western Australia.”
“Japan is Victoria’s most valuable single market for food and beverage exports and is also a significant market for Victoria’s education and tourism industries. Both of Jetstar’s new Japan-Melbourne services will help strengthen ties between these important industries.”
Jetstar Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Officer David Hall said the launch was great news for Victorian travellers.
“We know Osaka is one of our most popular Japanese destinations and we’ve seen many customers travel there via other ports in our network,” said Mr Hall.
“This one-stop service to Osaka will allow customers to travel on a single ticket, through-check their bags and reduce time spent in transit.”
The new Melbourne-Cairns-Osaka service will commence initially with twice weekly services from 30 March 2014. Jetstar previously served this market from Sydney.
On 28 April, Jetstar will commence the first non-stop Melbourne-Japan service in more than five years with the launch of Melbourne-Tokyo.