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Jetstar boosts WA network

The Qantas subsidiary has unveiled major plans to expand its network out of Perth, Janie Medbury writes,

JETSTAR has announced new direct flights from Perth to Singapore, Phuket, and Bangkok, as part of one of the carrier’s most significant network expansions in recent years.

The routes will help service strong demand in Western Australia for more choice and low fares across Southeast Asia, with more than 400,000 customers flying on Jetstar flights from Perth to Bali in the past year.

The low-cost airline will also open a new Perth pilot base for at least 60 pilots, and base four aircraft in the WA capital, including the newest aircraft in its fleet – the Airbus A321neo LR.

“This is a huge investment in our Perth operations,” Jetstar Group CEO, Stephanie Tully shared. “Having pilots and aircraft based in the west gives us the ability to add hundreds of thousands more low-cost seats to exciting new destinations across both our international and domestic network.”

WA Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti welcomed the news, saying, “these new direct flights will provide another welcome boost to tourism operators here in Western Australia, and of course, also provide locals here with easier access to destinations across Southeast Asia”.

MEANWHILE, Vietjet launched its Perth to Ho Chi Minh City route this week, with the non-stop flights to operate five times a week. The Vietnamese carrier has celebrated the launch by releasing 58,000 discounted tickets across the Australian network from today. 

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