New Routes of the Day – Asia Pacific (1 February 2024): Jetstar’s new routes from Brisbane
Jetstar selected the first day of February to commence a new long-haul service between Brisbane and Seoul ICN, followed by the introduction of nonstop flights to Osaka KIX on Friday 2 February. The 7,700-kilometre route to Seoul ICN will be maintained 3-weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with the 335-seat 787-8 aircraft. It will compete directly against Korean Air’s daily service between the two cities. On the other hand, flights between Brisbane and Osaka KIX will run 4-weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, also with the 787-8 jet. The LCC becomes the sole operator on the route.
Flight JQ53 departs Brisbane at 11:45 local time, arriving in Seoul ICN at 20:15 local time. The return service, operating as flight JQ54, takes off from the South Korean capital at 21:50 local time, arriving back in Australia at 08:00 local time the following morning.
Flights JQ23 is wheels up from Brisbane at 11:45 local time, touching down in Osaka KIX at 19:45 local time. The inbound service, operating as flight JQ24, takes off from the Japanese city at 21:45 local time, arriving back in the Queensland capital at 07:25 local time the following morning.
What they said
Stephanie Tully, CEO of Jetstar Group, said: “We anticipate these two exciting new routes will be popular in both directions, with inbound visitation from South Korea and Japan expected to inject millions of dollars into the sunshine state’s economy, For Queenslanders, more than 240,000 low fares seats across the two new routes will give them the chance to take off more and explore these incredibly beautiful cities.”
Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport, added: “The Brisbane launch of two new Jetstar routes within two days is fantastic news for tourism and jobs in Queensland. These flights further solidify our thriving partnership with Jetstar, contributing to the most substantial boost in affordable fares for Queenslanders and our valued visitors. BNE now has direct connections to 29 international destinations and 61 airports in Australia.”
Michael Healy, Minister for Tourism and Sport within the Queensland state government, noted: “Jetstar’s new direct flights between Osaka and Seoul will bring thousands of tourists to Brisbane. Latest figures show South Korea is a stand-out growth market for Queensland, up by 40% to 56,000 visitors a year. Japan is our second largest source market worth $146.5 million a year in overnight visitor expenditure.”
Jetstar expands international presence in Brisbane
The two new routes will have the capacity to carry up to 240,000 passengers each year combined and are expected to deliver millions of dollars into southeast Queensland’s tourism economy. The flights are supported by Queensland’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF), a joint government and airport initiative to stimulate the state’s visitor economy.
The launches also follow a partnership between Jetstar and Brisbane Airport which has already delivered new services between Brisbane and Tokyo NRT, launched 31 October 2023, as well as additional capacity on the Denpasar and Auckland routes.