Jetstar launches Gold Coast-Hobart flights, boosts other Tasmanian routes

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Jetstar will launch flights between the Gold Coast and Hobart in December, becoming the only airline with a direct service between the two cities.

From 1 December 2020, three return flights will be provided each week aboard Jetstar’s Airbus A320s. Jetstar last flew between Hobart and the Gold Coast in 2013.

GOLD COAST-HOBART

Flight numbersJQ696 (OOL-HBA), JQ695 (HBA-OOL)
Operating daysTuesdays, Fridays, Sundays
Distance1,068 miles / 1,718 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time2 hours 40 minutes (OOL-HBA), 2 hours 30 minutes (HBA-OOL)
AircraftAirbus A320
Seating capacity180 passengers
Loyalty programQantas Frequent Flyer
Rewards earned (one-way)800 Qantas Points + 15 Status Credits (with Plus bundle purchase)
1,200 Qantas Points + 30 Status Credits (with Max bundle purchase)
Reward cost (one-way)9,600 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges

“It’s great help to be able to reconnect family and friends and give more people the opportunity for a holiday after what has been tough period for many,” said Jetstar Group CEO, Gareth Evans.

“This new service will also help to boost tourism in the Gold Coast and Hobart, creating jobs and supporting the local economy, and means more of our people are back at work, which is great news too.”

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Jetstar will also increase its scheduled flights into Tasmania from other cities, with flights between Brisbane and Hobart climbing to daily, with Brisbane-Launceston rising to six weekly flights, and Adelaide-Hobart growing to five weekly return flights.

The news comes as Tasmania plans to open its borders to most Australian states and territories from 26 October 2020.

With Tasmania still restricting travel from New South Wales, Jetstar’s plans to operate up to 21 weekly return flights between Hobart and Sydney may take flight from November, as well as daily Qantas mainline flights between Sydney and Hobart as early as 30 October.

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