Posted on: 09 December 2013 by Mark Howells
Jetstar has changes to its operations in the Northern Territory and in South Australia including the relocation of three Airbus A320s currently based in Darwin to Adelaide.
Overall the Jetstar Group will reduce the number of departures out of Darwin from 54 a week to 49 a week. The changes, in effect from 31 March 2014, include: increasing flights between Darwin and Cairns from three per week to daily; decreasing flights between Darwin and Denpasar from eight per week to daily; decreasing flights between Darwin and Brisbane from nine per week to daily; suspending the four times weekly service from Darwin to Manila and Tokyo; and decreasing flights between Darwin and Singapore from nine per week to daily services, with the operation of these flights transferred from Jetstar Airways to Jetstar Asia.
The decision to relocate flying is in response to increased capacity and competition, particularly on international routes from foreign carriers. Jetstar remarked that it has made “clear in the past that our flying from Darwin is among the most marginal on the network”.
The three A320s will join a fourth and move to Adelaide from 31 March 2014 as Jetstar expands its presence in South Australia. The airline will establish a new cabin crew and pilot base in Adelaide to pave the way for additional services, with more than 120 new positions on top of 40 existing jobs.
Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall commented, “This month, Jetstar will begin direct services from Adelaide to Auckland and non-stop flights from Adelaide to Bali. Basing four aircraft at Adelaide will allow us to expand our schedule and add one extra daily flight between Melbourne and Adelaide and Sydney and Adelaide respectively.
“Our presence in Adelaide has more than doubled in the past four years and we believe the establishment of a dedicated crew base will provide a solid foundation to continue to grow low fares from the capital of South Australia,” Hall added. “Next year we look forward to celebrating ten years of continuous flying to and from Adelaide.”
Jetstar will start recruiting immediately for 40 pilot positions, 70 cabin crew team members and a dozen ground staff. “We expect to fill some positions with transfers from other bases as well as new team members,” Hall remarked.