With additional routes already beginning flights linking Brisbane and Seoul, South Korea, and between Brisbane and Osaka, Japan, Jetstar has greatly increased the number of international low-cost seats in southeast Queensland.
Jetstar will be operating four weekly return flights from Brisbane to Osaka (Kansai) and three weekly return flights between Brisbane and Seoul (Incheon) using Boeing 787 Dreamliners in its fleet.
The only direct service connecting the two cities will be established with the launch of the Brisbane to Osaka route.
The combined total annual passenger volume of the two new routes is estimated to reach 240,000, generating millions of dollars in revenue for the tourism sector in southeast Queensland.
The Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF), a collaborative government and airport initiative to boost Queensland’s tourism industry, is funding the flights.
The launches also come after Jetstar and Brisbane Airport partnered to offer more inexpensive seats on flights to Bali and Auckland, as well as new services between Brisbane and Tokyo (Narita).
Stephanie Tully, the CEO of Jetstar Group CEO, said that there is a high demand from overseas passengers to and from southeast Queensland.
“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.”
Gert-Jan de Graaff, the CEO of Brisbane Airport CEO, “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,
“BNE now has direct connections to 29 international destinations and 61 airports in Australia.”
Michael Healy, the Tourism Minister of Queensland, “Jetstar’s new direct flights between Osaka and Seoul will bring thousands of tourists to Brisbane,
“Latest figures show South Korea is a stand-out growth market for Queensland, up by 40 per cent to 56,000 visitors a year,
“Japan is our second largest source market worth $146.5m a year in overnight visitor expenditure,
“These new services are supported by the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF) to stimulate the state’s visitor economy.’’
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