JAPAN Airlines and Qantas will both soon add extra services between Melbourne and overseas markets, continuing the hub’s bounce back from lean COVID period.
Among the good news was word of Qantas announcing the debut of new non-stop services between Melbourne and Jakarta kicking off on 16 April, operating three times a week and adding to existing Sydney services to the Indonesian capital.
The carrier is hopeful the new services will resonate well with Victoria’s large Indonesian expat community wanting to visit family and friends back home, as well as offering a new gateway for travellers looking to explore the region.
“Indonesia is a rapidly growing economy and home to more than 270 million people. As one of Australia’s closest neighbours, these new flights will also help support the growing trade and investment links between our two countries,” Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said.
“Victoria is an incredibly important part of our network and we’re seeing strong demand for travel to and from Melbourne,” he added.
In further Melbourne Airport news, Japan Airlines will add a fourth weekly frequency between Melbourne and Tokyo Narita, with the expanded capacity using a Boeing 787-8 aircraft deployed from 26 March this year.