Jetstar is to launch a new
Darwin-Singapore-Osaka from 1 November 2012.
Operated by Jetstar Airways, the existing
Darwin-Singapore service will continue on from Singapore to Osaka
three times a week.
The Darwin-Singapore leg will
be operated by an Airbus A321, while the long haul Singapore-Osaka sector
will be operated by an A330 with both economy and business classes.
Jetstar Group CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka, said the new service would
capitalise on the Jetstar Group’s growing presence in the Japanese
market following the start of domestic services earlier this
“We always look for opportunities across the Jetstar
Group to join the dots in our existing network to improve what we
can offer travellers,” Ms Hrdlicka said. “This new service
means Darwin will be connected to Osaka as well as Tokyo, and by extension, to three other major Japanese cities via Jetstar
Japan’s domestic network. For Australian and Singaporean tourists this new connection will make it easier to explore
everything Japan has to offer. We expect this new link to encourage more outbound tourism from Japan, particularly combined
with a domestic network that makes it more affordable to reach
international flights to Darwin and Singapore.”
Australia’s fifth largest source of international tourists.
Arrivals grew 7.5% over the first four months of 2012 year
on year. Similarly, visitors from Japan to Singapore jumped by
about 20% over the same period.
The number of people
visiting Japan is also climbing. Figures for the first five months
of 2012 show a 45% increase in visitors from Singapore to
Japan and a 15% increase from Australia.
new service, the Jetstar Group will operate up to 31 international
services per week to Osaka including long haul services from
Cairns and the Gold Coast in Australia with Jetstar Airways and
short haul international services from Singapore via Taipei and
Manila with Jetstar Asia. Jetstar Airways also operates a A330
service from Melbourne to Singapore, which can then connect to the
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