08/12/2020 - 15:00

Jetstar to resume Margaret River trial

08/12/2020 - 15:00

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Jetstar will restart direct flights between Melbourne and Margaret River in March, one year after the COVID-19 pandemic had iced the route.

Jetstar to resume Margaret River trial
Jetstar had intended to offer the route in March of this year before COVID-19 grounded most flights. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Jetstar will restart direct flights between Melbourne and Margaret River in March, one year after the COVID-19 pandemic had iced the route.

The Qantas Airways subsidiary had intended to offer the route from March of this year, with travel restrictions and border closures postponing the three-year trial.

Western Australia will allow for quarantine-free interstate travel to all states and territories except South Australia as of today, with SA currently considered a ‘low risk’ jurisdiction for travel purposes.

The new route, which will fly three times a week with 1,100 seats available to passengers, is expected to bring 60,000 tourists into Margaret River over the next three years and deliver $40 million in economic activity to the region.

Jetstar’s success will prove pivotal to ongoing support for the Margaret River-Busselton Airport, which has had difficulties securing terminal upgrades in recent years.

The state government has previously said it would commit to funding construction of a new terminal at the airport with $10 million already quarantine for that purpose.

For the airport to receive those upgrades, though, it will need to secure the services of a major airline, with City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley quoted earlier this year as saying the airport would not receive the funds until Jetstar’s three-year trial had been completed.

Jetstar has previously said it does not need the terminal upgrades.

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