Brisbane Airport welcomes new Jetstar BNE - Uluru flights

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) welcomes the announcement of three times weekly Jetstar flights between Brisbane and Uluru commencing 3 August 2018.

The new flights operating on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will inject more than 55,000 return seats into the market each year, enhancing Brisbane’s regional reach and providing a convenient gateway for international travellers to Australia’s world renowned Uluru.

Accommodating both point-to-point traffic and domestic connections, the flights are also timed to connect with a number of international arrivals across BNE’s network.

Julieanne Alroe, BAC CEO and Managing Director, praised the collaborative approach taken by industry partners, saying BAC was pleased to again work closely with partners Jetstar and Tourism and Events Queensland in securing the new flights.

“New services do not appear like magic and it takes a lot of time and negotiations to ensure a route is viable and sustainable.

“Having convenient direct flights to more iconic domestic destinations will encourage more and more international visitors to choose Brisbane as their preferred gateway to Australia.

“We also know that international passengers who arrive in Australia through Brisbane Airport stay far longer in Queensland than if they came in through any other airport in Australia.

“When they stay longer they travel further throughout Queensland – to Cairns and the Tropical North, to the Gold Coast, to the Whitsundays and up the road to the Sunshine Coast.

“This is why it’s important to work together and to celebrate each new service, as every additional flight brings with it a raft of benefits for the city and state, as well as Australia’s regional centres,” Ms Alroe said.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said today’s announcement was another win for Tourism in Queensland and would support up to 100 jobs a year.

“Through the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund we’ve partnered with Jetstar to secure this new route and give thousands of tourists’ direct access to Brisbane from Uluru,” she said.

“This gives tourists another way to make it to Queensland and will be a boost for our tourism industry.

“Visitors who land in Brisbane can explore our vibrant capital city and will be only minutes away from our world-class beaches on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and unique island getaways of Moreton and Stradbroke Islands.

“It will also be easier for visitors to use one of the daily flights from Brisbane to visit the Great Barrier Reef, with flow-on benefits to the tourism industry across Queensland.”

Since its launch in 2004 Jetstar’s presence in Brisbane has increased each year with the airline now offering more than 300 flights a week to 12 destinations throughout Australia, accounting for 62,000 return seats per annum, with one out of every six passengers now flying to/from BNE with Jetstar. The airline also recently (Feb 2018) increased the frequency of its Denpasar-BNE service from four times weekly to daily.

Uluru will be the 53rd domestic destination on BNE’s network, reinforcing its status as Australia’s most domestically connected airport.